Source description last updated: 1 October 2019

In brief: ARTICLE 19 is an international human rights NGO promoting freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide.

Coverage on

Selected reports and articles.

Covered monthly on, for countries of priorities A-C.


The organisation’s name is derived from Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas. The organisation was founded in 1987 and its mission is “to promote, protect, develop and fulfil freedom of expression and the free flow of information and ideas in order to strengthen global social justice and empower people to make autonomous choices” (ARTICLE 19: Annual Report 2005, 2006, p. 6).

ARTICLE 19 was among the founders of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) and has consultative status with ECOSOC, the Council of Europe and the Organisation of African Unity and also works with other international organizations (ARTICLE 19: Annual Report 2005, 2006, p. 6).


ARTICLE 19 is mainly funded through grants and donations from governments, trusts and foundations.

The organisation provides details on accountability and funding at: and

See for instance:

ARTICLE 19: International Annual Report 2017, 2018, p. 65-66

ARTICLE 19: Report and Financial Statements, 31 December 2017

Scope of reporting:

Geographic scope: Selected countries all over the world

Thematic scope: Freedom of expression and freedom of information


Desk research, including research with local partners (see for instance: ARTICLE 19, 10 December 2019, p. 1). ARTICLE 19 engages in monitoring, research, litigation, lobbying and works to set standards on behalf of freedom of expression (ARTICLE 19: Annual Report 2005, 2006, p. 6).

ARTICLE 19 works with partners in many countries and has 11 offices around the world (ARTICLE 19: Annual Report 2017, 2018, p. 3).

For details on the Expression Agenda metric XpA, measuring freedom of expression in various countries, see

Language(s) of publications:

Most information is published in English, some in French, Arabic, Spanish and other languages.

Further reading / links:

ARTICLE 19: Statement by Zwelakhe Sisulu on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Founding of ARTICLE 19, 11 December 2008

Bode-Harlass, C.: Article 19, in: Anheier, H.K. & Toepler, S. (eds.): International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, 2010

United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December 1948


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Information on freedom of expression and information all over the world provided by an international human rights organisation. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portugese
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