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GUATEMALA CITY — Freedom of expression is one of the most important cornerstones of a free and open society. Guarantees of freedom of expression allow citizens to learn about mistakes of the powerful and help reveal corruption at all levels.

This freedom must be protected, even if large sacrifices are required, since it aids in the formation and operation of “civil society” for citizens to have a voice against abuse of power. These organizations include universities, the media, nongovernmental organizations and other associations of free people that wish to have their individual and collective views heard.

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