Article 5: Freedom of expression and freedom of the press

"Every person shall have the right freely to express and disseminate his opinions in speech, writing, and pictures and to inform himself without hindrance from generally accessible sources. Freedom of the press and freedom of reporting by means of broadcasts and films shall be guaranteed. There shall be no censorship.-- These rights shall find their limits in the provisions of general laws, in provisions for the protection of young persons, and in the right to personal honor."

Article 5 declares that everyone is free to express their opinion- and the media must work without restriction. Nobody can forbid people's from having an opinion or criticism of the state. The press can also report on everything. No one can ban the media from a particular topic, with only one exception: Violating others’ rights. So, for instance, spreading hatred or lies, or insulting others is prohibited. Hate is not an opinion.

Freedom of expression and the press is vital for a democracy. Without the freedom to speak and report, issues remain invisible --and corruption and arbitrariness can spread unhindered.