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Renat Kuenzi  Expertise: Swiss politics, democratic processes at home and abroad. Initials: rk

Is freedom of speech under threat? 

Freedom of expression is a universal human right. But it is increasingly under pressure, even in some of the oldest democracies. Why? The power of social media, more authoritarian leaders and the Covid-19 pandemic are just a few of the possible reasons. 

In Switzerland, critics say a legal revision that makes it easier for judges to prevent the publication of media reports shows that freedom of expression is not totally guaranteed here. But we should not forget Russia, Belarus, Myanmar, Hong Kong or mainland China, where freedom of speech is also under threat. What is the situation like where you live?  

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