The following report was requested on behalf of the Communications department situated within and will be conducted by . The report shall concentrate on and investigate what problems would arise if freedom of speech was limited. It will be submitted by 18/10/2012.
2.1 Who decides on the limitations of freedom of speech?
The concept of Freedom of speech is one which is held sovereign by many constitutions and individuals, especially within the American states. The idea of limiting an American citizen’s freedom of speech would be highly offensive and seen as an act only a dictatorial Government would undertake which, with many factors considered, is true. The actions that in many cases are considered by these Governments are; Threats of imprisonments if the individual acts in an unfavourable way, prohibition of political parties and protests, also a very common limitation undertook within many places, such as Korea, is the censorship of the media and the killing or imprisonment of Journalists who have took part in media considered offensive to the current Government or acts which are seen as manipulating the minds of the citizens of said Country. It has also been witnessed under Democratic Governments in places such as the UK. Although this governments main priority are human rights and equality they have in many cases limited freedom of speech, although in a more positive light than done by Dictatorial Governments. The limitations within this doctrine would be, imprisonment following – hate speech, causing physical or strong emotional pain to another, racism or bigotry. All the above limitations are decided by a government, regardless of their stance on human rights. But in day-to-day life we are restricted by our peers, perhaps in school or work. When we consider individuals beliefs, faith or race the typical individual would conform to their surroundings, ensuring they do not say anything or act in a way as to offend...
...saying that freedom of speech is the first step of reaching to a free society . Despite the fact that people need to reveal their personal thoughts about politics and criticize it in any facet, many governments are against this right . In this essay I will outline the arguments for and against necessity of freedomspeech for a free society. As far as I concerned, with the enormous pace of development of technology in our modern-age and mass producing of TV, Radio and accessibility of most of the people to internet, people are aware of their rights and they have the knowledge that by criticizing and showing their disapproval they can obtain their needs. To give more details, I should mention that people have learnt from the history that by having the right to say their ideas and have the security after that, the society will be better place to live.
Added to that many politician are against the idea that people and media should be free to show their thoughts . They also create rules for banning the media and set some red lines for censorships . Additionally governments are afraid of being accused by media in any way . It is an undeniable fact that so many of politician want to hide their dark sides, so they prefer limit the people’s freedoms. I am strongly of the opinion that people and media should have the right to state their thoughts and criticize everyone in the government or even a...
ESSAY #1: FINAL DRAFT
LimitingFreedom of Endless Opportunities
In the past few days, I've been reading an interesting essay by Jill McCorkle titled "Cuss Time". The main purpose of this essay is to convey the idea that nowadays, society desperately needs freedom of speech in which some people, especially children, they do not get because of its limitation rules. Moreover, another important point that McCorkle also discusses is our ideological belief’s tendencies to associate the way we were raised with the kind of people we will be in the future. McCorkle further elaborates these points; "By limiting or denying freedom of speech and expression, we take away a lot of potential. We take away thoughts and ideas before they even have opportunity to hatch" (307). From the sentence above, the important subject in this reading is very bold that people owns a lot of potential that can be more reached out if they can express themselves freely.
All of these points on not to limit people's expression in the way they want to think and talk can all be related from my own past experience. I still remember when I was in senior high school; I got an assignment from my English teacher to present a group drama. One of the line in the drama was, “Damn, I can’t stand with this anymore” as we were presenting a drama about a broken-hearted man and his love...
Freedom Of Speech?
Living in America means that we as citizens of the country have many rights according to the laws stated in the United States Constitution, which stands for our principles and make up the rights that American's deserve. One major freedom we have is stated in The First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." This amendment shows that our government should not be allowed to put limitations on the people's right to express themselves through free speech and religion. We as citizens have the right to voice our opinions as long as we do not cause harm while doing so. This is a reason why many people from around the world choose to come to America, for their right to freedom. The first amendment should apply to everyone who lives in the United States, but in some cases it does not.
In a recent case, a teenage boy's right to exercise his freedom of speech was challenged by his high school. He wore an "anti-gay" t-shirt to school on the day of, and also on the day after, the Gay-Straight Alliance group organized a "day of silence". The boy, Tyler Chase...
...Freedom of Speech
With varying opinions and beliefs, our society needs to have unlimited freedom to speak about any and everything that concerns us in order to continually improve our society. Those free speech variables would be speech that creates a positive, and not negative, scenario in both long-terms and short-terms. Dictionary defines Freedom of Speech as, “the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion, etc.” Freedom of speech is also known as free speech or freedom of expression. Freedom of speech is also known as freedom of expression because a person’s beliefs and thoughts can also be expressed in other ways other than speech. These ways could be art, writings, songs, and other forms of expression. If speaking freely and expressing ourselves freely is supposed to be without any consequence, then why are there constant law suits and consequences for people who do. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression should be exactly what they mean.
Freedom of speech is arguably the most precious gift of democracy. Democracy nurtures freedom of speech of...
...Freedom of Speech
The First Amendment for America was built on freedom. The freedom to speak, freedom to choose, freedom to worship, and freedom to do just about anything you want within the law. The first amendment was designed to protect each race. Out of all of our rights, freedom ofspeech is should be the most cherished, and one of the most talked about subjects. Freedom of speech should be utilized, because so many people fought for the right to have freedom and the freedom to speak. Freedom to vote in every major election. Freedom to travel to any state of your choice. Freedom of speech has allowed Americans to speak out against what is wrong with the country and in the world and it has allowed people to express themselves in their own way(rights and liberties 2003 pg 17) Having the freedom to speak is a positive thing. If you use the freedom of speech in the correct way nothing can stand in your way of becoming the best person you can be and have great success.
Freedom of speech is a brave epidemic that has had a great deal of importance on Americans, and the way they live...
Hate Speech or Free SpeechSpeech has been a very important tool for mankind. It has allowed man to communicate with each other to share knowledge, settle disputes and to develop as a community. However throughout history, there have been times where speech has been misused and subsequently caused harm. As a result, rules had to be placed over what is appropriate to be said and what is not. Thus a few questions arise: Does freespeech really exist? How free are people to say what they want to say? What are the restrictions of our free speech? How are these restrictions measured? In John Stuart Mill’s book On Liberty he expressed his strong belief on the importance of individual liberty and free speech. However, to bring the issue of free speech into modern terms, Mill’s beliefs are challenged on TVO’s The Agenda. Three Osgoode Hall law students are protesting against Mark Steyn’s views on Muslim demographics as well as the material that MacLean’s is publishing. With this said, free speech should exist as an integral part of modern society, but there must be limits that pertain to how far freedom of speech can be pushed before it is harmful to someone else.
Free Speech can be defined as being able to express and opinion, thought or belief without any restrictions. Mill believes that freedom...
...History 12 – The Absolute Right of Free Speech
“I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
* Voltaire (18th Century French Philosopher)
A fundamental aspect of humanity is the capability of complex communication and logic, something which has deemed us far superior to creatures much stronger and faster than our relatively feeble bodies. However, mankind often falls prey to bigotry, believing in a single opinion and refusing to listen to any other, a flaw which has brought forth much devastation to society. The implementation of democracy allowed the gradual evolution of the freedom of expression, ensuring the right for people to speak their thoughts without fear of oppression or punishment. Yet with every right, there comes a responsibility; the freedom of speech is not absolute and shouldn’t be, for every word has power behind it and should be treated with such value. Allowing absolute freedom of speech would result in chaos, prohibiting punishment for threats, disturbances or false information. Freedom of expression should be defined as a basic human right, yet not an absolute one.
The earliest example of the oppression of opinion occurred in the first democracy of the world, Athens. The renowned philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death by the democratic government of Athens, for his views that...
It has always been said that the three fundamental needs of mankind are food, shelter and clothing. Although man cannot survive without these physical necessities, I believe that there is a fourth equally important need which is the free expression of self. These days, with the exception of the extremely poor, most people assign great importance to this need for expression of self. Everyday around the United States, there are either multiple articles being published about the restrictions imposed on freedom of speech, or public speeches given about people not being allowed to express their beliefs toward such everyday subjects like religion and war. In a way, it is ironic to note that even though they have all been allowed to publish these articles and speak about these controversial subjects, they still complain about not having freedom of speech. What they don’t realize is that there are places with much stricter policies toward freedom of expression that is even hard to imagine for an American. I have the honor of being from one of those places: The Islamic Republic of Iran.
Before drawing an analogy between the current state of freedom of speech in US and Iran, I believe it's necessary to examine the core concept of this freedom in greater detail. The "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" states that "The free communication of...