From 23 January to 2 February 2024, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Ms Irene Khan, will undertake an official country visit to the Philippines to examine, in the spirit of cooperation and dialogue, the situation of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression in the country.

Key questions and issues 

In preparation of her visit, the Special Rapporteur invites civil society, human rights organisations, media organizations, experts and academics and other interested stakeholders and individuals to share any information or insights on any of the below issues:

  • National normative framework: National laws, regulations and policies regarding freedom of opinion and expression, including the right to information, regulations related to disinformation and hate speech, etc. and their implementation.
  • Freedom of the media: National laws, regulations and practice regarding the independence, freedom, pluralism and diversity of print and broadcast media as well as the safety of journalists and media workers.
  • Internet freedom: Laws and practice regarding digital communications, privacy in communications, access to digital communications.
  • Freedom of expression of specific groups: freedom of expression of various groups, including civic organizations, religious groups, indigenous peoples and marginalized communities.
Next Steps

Input/comments may be sent by e-mail. They must be received by 15 January 2024.

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Submission regarding the Country visit to the Philippines

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English, French, Spanish