Critics Are Not Criminals
Campaign Against the Criminalization of Speech

Freedom of expression in all its forms and manifestations is a fundamental and inalienable right of all individuals. Additionally, it is an indispensable requirement for the very existence of a democratic society. -- Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Principles of Freedom of Expression



Free speech in
peril in Ecuador

Intolerant of dissent, President Correa abuses his authority to crush the free speech rights of his citizens, writes Pedro Nikken, former president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Right, Correa backers burn newspapers.
Correa's regional assault
Video: Confrontation
Record of repression

A Regional Consensus

Courts and legislatures throughout the Americas have increasingly found that defamation should be a civil, not criminal, matter. Details »

From CPJ's Archives

In special reports, blog posts, and protest letters, CPJ has denounced criminal defamation as a tool to silence critical coverage. Details »

Resource Center

Freedom of expression groups are fighting against the criminalization of speech. Look here for background and contact information. Details »

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