About

Name

ARTICLE 19

About the organisation

ARTICLE 19 works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. We promote media freedom, increase access to information, protect journalists and human rights defenders, fight the shrinking of civic space, and place human rights at the heart of developing digital spaces.

Description of the organisation

ARTICLE 19 works so that people everywhere can express themselves freely, access information and enjoy freedom of the press.

They understand freedom of expression as three things:

1. Freedom of expression is the right to speak

It is the right to voice political, cultural, social and economic opinions

It is the right to dissent

It makes electoral democracy meaningful and builds public trust in administration.

2. Freedom of expression is freedom of the press

It is the right of a free and independent media to report without fear, interference, persecution or discrimination

It is the right to provide knowledge, give voice to the marginalised and to highlight corruption

It creates an environment where people feel safe to question government action and to hold power accountable.

3. Freedom of expression is the right to know

It is the right to access all media, internet, art, academic writings, and information held by government

It is the right to use when demanding rights to health, to a clean environment, to truth and to justice

It holds governments accountable for their promises, obligations and actions, preventing corruption which thrives on secrecy.

They design and promote laws and policies that protect free expression, holding abusers and governments to account, and advocate for legal reforms. Through our legal and policy hot desk, they also respond to urgent requests from activists needing support and expert advice worldwide.

They assist the media in its professional development with a range of training and capacity-building resources on freedom of the press, journalists’ rights, defamation, public interest broadcasting, media pluralism, and reporting diversity.

They defend victims by monitoring and analysing abuses, publicising the plight of individuals under attack, providing security training and security measures for journalists and human rights defenders, and litigating on their behalf.

They also actively demand transparency and accountability by testing governments’ transparency practices and access to information provisions, and by campaigning for the disclosure of information of public interest.

Focus areas

Access to information; Business and human rights; Censorship; Digital rights; Equality and hate speech; Freedom of religion or belief; Gender and sexuality; Media Freedom; National security and counter terrorism; Participation and association; Privacy and surveillance; Protest; Safety of journalists and human rights defenders; Sustainable development;

Active in

Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Azerbaijan, France, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Mexico, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, United States, Senegal, Ghambia, Burkina Faso

Team members

Thomas Hughes, Executive director