“Freedom of expression is our greatest step forward,” said Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture in Afghanistan, in her address as the Embassy in Kabul hosted a conference for the third year in a row on journalist safety, transparency and freedom of expression.

It’s 250 years since Sweden established the world’s strongest freedom of the press through a ground-breaking new fundamental law, the Freedom of the Press Act. It was the first legislation of its kind anywhere in the world.
Freedom of the press, freedom of expression and opposition to censorship are of course well worth celebrating – and are still worth fighting for today!

The statue of Swedish newspaper publisher Lars Johan Hierta watches over Riddarhustorget in Stockholm’s Old Town. And what a proud inscription: “Lars Johan Hierta, pioneer of a free press and popular government.”

Our human rights-based approach is the starting point and the added value that Sweden brings into the discussion on global internet affairs.

It’s 250 years since Sweden established the world’s strongest freedom of the press through a ground-breaking new fundamental law, the Freedom of the Press Act.
Freedom of the press, freedom of expression and opposition to censorship are of course well worth celebrating – and continuing to fight for today!

11 march 2016 marked two years since Swedish journalist Nils Horner was murdered while working in Afghanistan. Throughout the world, we see journalists becoming targets in armed conflicts. According to Reporters Without Borders, 110 journalists were killed in 2015. Sweden works actively for freedom of expression and media freedom and an improved situation for journalists around the world.

With the arrival of the monsoon, temperatures thankfully have dropped considerably. Outdoor activities are now more or less out of the question, but to peacefully watch the downpour from my balcony is quite spectacular. Sadly though, the formerly clear, blue Yangon sky has now turned grey. But it is certainly not the only thing here being grey.