Time Essay: The Global First Amendment War

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. —Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

That noble sentiment dates from a more hopeful era: December 1948, when the declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. Now, as it was then, freedom of access to information remains imperiled in much of the world. Perhaps the most persistent offenders against the spirit of the...

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