Freedom of Speech

Concepts of freedom of speech can be found in early human rights documents. Freedom of Speech is the foundation of a civilized society. Today freedom of speech, or the freedom of expression, is recognized in international and regional human rights law. The right is enshrined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights and Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Altaf Hussain has been the only leader in Pakistan who spoke openly and blatantly against the sanctions placed on newspapers, talk shows and television channels – ever since the party formation 30 years back.

The measures directed against foreign media and the Internet to regulate ownership and control content indicate that the changes to media regulation and structures in Pakistan were not designed to achieve a more free media. The reason for introducing local media competition appears to emanate from the pursuit of advertising revenue.