9. Marginalised and minority issues heard
Marginalised and minority voices are, by definition, more likely to be left out of mainstream discussions. Freedom of expression guarantees individuals and groups the right to tell their own stories, without censorship or fear of attacks. Improved representation can help improve understanding and opens to the door to creating better discourse and a more connected society.
Freedom of expression helps a wide variety of marginalised causes and voices to be heard: from workers’ rights to women’s rights, disabled or LGBTI communities, ethnic and religious minorities, economically disadvantaged groups, age groups, and many more.
The right to freedom of expression also guarantees people the right to speak their opinions even when they are unpopular or go against the status quo: from ecology issues to disaster relief to speaking critically of how services such as care homes are run. Freedom of expression ensures people can advocate for themselves and others.