Freedom of expression includes the right to hold opinions and to express them and the right to the free flow of information and ideas across borders through any media. Expression means not only speech, but may include cartoons, artwork, musical performance, or displays. It is a keystone freedom essential in and of itself as well as necessary for many other elements of democracy such as free elections. It is closely related to freedom of religion.
Helsinki Commissioners have been particularly engaged on free speech cases that limit religious liberties, unduly limit political pluralism, or targets civil society.