“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.” Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”
Charter of Fundamental Rights, Article 11
We, the Citizens in Defence of Rights and Freedoms – Project Justice Gonçalo Amaral, according to what is consecrated by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as by Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, hereby declare our indignation over the attack that has been perpetrated against the right to freedom of expression for Citizen Gonçalo de Sousa Amaral, who saw censorship fall over not only a book, but also any expression, oral or in writing, of the thesis that he defends.
In effect, the recent decision to prohibit, more than the sale of a book, an entire reasoning that sustains it – a reasoning which has been expressed and sustained within the core of a criminal investigation process -, constitutes, in our opinion, a serious and worrying precedent.
This attack is aggravated by the fact that the thesis that is defended by Gonçalo Amaral rigorously reflects the facts of an investigation that is no longer under the Portuguese law of judicial secrecy, and has been made widely available to the public. Whether one agrees with its conclusions, or not, it is indefensible to forbid its reproduction and discussion.
Freedom of Expression, exercised with responsibility, is an inalienable right for any European Citizen, and we cannot accept, without protest, that this value is attacked.
We therefore petition the European Court of Human Rights, under Article 44 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, to protect the constitutional rights of Citizen Gonçalo Amaral, in a case of blatant disrespect for the universally consecrated right to Freedom of Expression.
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