Informed citizens can make informed decisions. In a world where COVID-19 pandemic has caused chaos and complexity, access to reliable and verified information is more important than ever, in order to encourage healthy behaviours and save lives. Therefore, universal access to information is a cornerstone for an healthy and inclusive knowledgeable societies.
Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive, and impart information. This right is an integral part of the right to freedom of expression. Hence, media plays a crucial role in informing the public about issues of interest, but it relies on the ability to seek and receive information, too. Therefore, the right to universal access to information is also bound up with the right to freedom of the press.