Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides the right to freedom of expression, subject to certain restrictions that are "in accordance with law" and "necessary in a democratic society". This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas.
|“||Article 10 – Freedom of expression 1. 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. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises. |
2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.
- in blogging. Many small voices can make a difference.
It is sobering to realise the responsibility; the responsibility that pertains not only when we receive, but also impart information and ideas. W2tQ is concerned with both.
Care is needed when ideas have political weight and a health impact; even though when in the guise of public (mental) health such information and ideas apparently lack inertia. You have to wonder about striking the balance. Forget physics - it's the masses that suffer here.
For how many decades have the health professions given the government(s) advice on alcohol?
My source (and emphasis): Wikipedia