UNSR Report: Disease Pandemics and the Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye

Published: April 23, 2020

Summary from the report: In this report, the Special Rapporteur registers alarm that some efforts to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic may be failing to meet the standards of legality, necessity, and proportionality. The Special Rapporteur highlights five areas of concern, showing that access to information, independent media, and other free expression rights are critical to meeting the challenges of the pandemic.