ARTICLE 10 Freedom of expression Learn more at www.echr.coe.int 62% say their country is one where the rights of people to express their views in public are protected. "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." George Orwell Your voice matters. You have the right to say what you think, share information and demand a better world. You also have the right to agree or disagree with those in power, and to express these opinions in peaceful protests. Exercising these rights, without fear, is central to living in an open and fair society; one in which people can access justice and enjoy their human rights. Yet governments around the world routinely imprison people or worse for speaking out, even though almost every country’s constitution refers to the value of ‘free speech’. In this study people who live in different countries of Europe, responded to the question: do you feel safe when expressing your opinion? 43% Italy said yes 48% Spain said yes 59% Greece said yes 57% Poland said yes you can check this rates on www.pewresearch.org Freedom of expression, applies to ideas of all kinds, including those that may be deeply offensive. While international law protects free speech, there are occasions where speech can legitimately be restricted under the same law such as when it violates the rights of others, incites discrimination or violence. However, any restrictions on freedom of expression must be provided by law to protect certain public interests or the rights of others.