Iceland has declared that it cannot comply with Article 20(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which requires states parties to prohibit by law “any propaganda for war”. It claimed that such “a prohibition against propaganda for war could limit the freedom of expression”. Leaving aside the contrived argument that freedom of expression precludes the outlawing of war propaganda (Iceland prohibits by law various forms of expression, such as the dissemination of pornography, advertising alcool and tobacco, the promotion of racism, etc.), the material below demonstrates that the refusal to prohibit propaganda for war and aggression undermines one of the main goals of the international community and of the UN Charter.
Iceland’s refusal to prohibit propaganda for war and aggression
by Elias Davidsson, February 2007