Tag Archive for 'freedom of expression'

Rights and Restrictions: Are Library Values Being Respected During COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on our lives, societies and economies. Millions have fallen ill, and billions have faced restrictions on their movements, with early evidence indicating serious economic consequences. The next months will reveal more about how quickly it will be safe to lift the controls […]

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World Press Freedom Day: libraries supporting intellectual freedom during the pandemic and beyond

May 3rd marks the annual World Press Freedom Day, and this year’s dedicated campaign launched by UNESCO focuses on the theme “journalism without fear or favour”. This day puts the spotlight on challenges to press freedom and independence, safety of journalists, and gender equality in media. For libraries, these issues are of course deeply connected to their core mission and values of access to information and intellectual freedom.

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Sen and Sensibility: Why Libraries’ Universalism is Worth Protecting

Public libraries, as underlined in the IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto, have a clear mandate to serve their entire communities. As such, they can be described as ‘universalist’ – for everyone, not just a selected group. This is an increasingly unique characteristic of public services at a time of growing pressure […]

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Copyright Week Day 4: Save the Messenger! Why Libraries Should Care about Safe Harbour

Discussion about questions of free speech and access to information is traditionally based around a divide between creators and users – or authors and readers in the case of books. When something goes wrong – an author goes beyond the limits of acceptable free speech or plagiarises, or a reader […]

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Living in Interesting Times – Three Key Debates in Information Politics

Information has long been political – who has it, who should have it, and how can it be used to shape decision-making. However, it is only relatively recently that this has been recognised. On the philosophical side of things, much comes from the work of thinkers such as Michel Foucault, […]

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1 Day to Human Rights Day: Bringing Rights Together

In the last of our series of blogs in the run up to Human Rights Day, we’re looking at situations where different human rights risk being in tension with each other. We argue that in a number of key areas of potential clash, the work, professionalism and ethics of librarians […]

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4 Days to Human Rights Day: Libraries as Champions of Free Expression

“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.” Freedom of access to information and freedom of expression is guaranteed under Article 19 of […]

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