463. Freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The European Convention on Human Rights provides that everyone has the right to freedom of expression1. The right includes the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers2. The Convention further provides that 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,