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[Correspondence] Freedom of expression and health: is the association causal?

Article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights1 declares the right to freedom of opinion and expression as one of the fundamental human rights. The violation of human rights deserves condemnation by civilised society. Health-care workers are entrusted with the task of mitigating pain in all forms, and preventing premature death due to all causes. Clearly, homicide deserves the highest condemnation by physicians as members of civilised society. Physical or mental harming of individuals for their expression of contrary views by organised groups is the worst form of humanity; it reflects the distortion of collective wisdom.