asked Her Majesty’s Government:
Whether the statement in A Guide to the Human Rights Act: A Booklet for People with Learning Difficulties that, “You should be able to say and read what you like—as long as you respect other people”, accurately states the nature of the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. [HL4659]
The document quoted attempts to relate the complex nature of the articles of the convention to the day-to-day experience of its intended audience. It was not designed to provide legal definitions. It strives, however, not to mislead. Only one sentence is quoted in the question. Taken together, the four sentences relating to this article provide as much information as was thought to be helpful for those with learning difficulties. The full text reads:
“Article 10 Freedom of expression
You have the right to hold opinions and have your say—even if other people don’t like your views. And you have the right to read books and newspapers, if you want to. You should be able to say and read what you like—as long as you respect other people. However this right must be balanced against other people’s rights and may be altered for reasons such as public health or safety”.