Every two weeks, the Dialogue of the Americas on Freedom of Expression on the Internet will present a set of questions to foster information gathering, knowledge exchange, and multi-stakeholder debate on each of the Dialogue’s topics.
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When we refer to the Deterioration of the Public Debate, we speak of the emergence of all kinds of intentional interference that makes it difficult or prevents citizens from exercising their right to express, receive and share opinions and information from various sources and, therefore, hinders participation in democratic decisions, such as elections or formulation of public policies and laws. (“Guide to guarantee Freedom of Expression against deliberate misinformation in electoral contexts” Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, 2019.).
It is important to consider that freedom of expression does not prohibit but rather offers a certain margin of protection against speech that can be classified as erroneous and wrong, regardless of the subsequent responsibilities that may be applied. It is an obligation of the State to remain neutral and promote initiatives that make the Internet a healthy space for democratic exercise without this being understood as permission to modulate Public Debate.
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