Defending Freedom of Expression Around the Globe
In the fight against oppression and injustice, the first step is having the freedom to speak out, to raise one’s voice. Often it’s artists and activists who sound the alarm and call others to join in action. These early responders to injustice and oppression need to be able to do so free from persecution and prosecution. Movements and issues ranging from the environment to equality and fighting global poverty are dependent on the individual’s ability to advance these causes via this foundational human right; freedom of expression. Our goal is to be on the front lines defending those who use their voice to speak out.
In this era of greatly increasing globalization, and what seems to be a concomitant marginalization of human rights, we’ve seen increased pressure brought to bear to limit freedom of expression and prosecute those who speak out, so we feel this work is more relevant and more important than ever.
“The support we received from The Voice Project was a miracle. It’s incredible to sit behind bars and know that there are hundreds and thousands of people who care, and I ask you to continue to care about those who are in harm’s way. Thank you everyone and thank you Voice Project.”
- Nadya Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot