The Egyptian government is allegedly cracking down on satirists and freedom of the press, raising questions about freedom of speech and whether Mohamed Morsi’s office should be held accountable for disregarding these rights founded by the United Nations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

What is freedom of speech?

Freedom of Speech is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas without any fear.

Therefore, Egypt should be held accountable for not allowing its citizens the freedom to express themselves without fear. Under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCP). Article 19 states that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Morsi’s government should observe freedom of expression and of the press, without any such freedom the country can no longer be considered democratic at all.