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  firstamendmentcenter.org: Speech - Overview
Freedom of speech is a core American belief, almost a kind of secular religious tenet, an article of constitutional faith.
Freedom of speech is also an essential contributor to the American belief in government confined by a system of checks and balances, operating as a restraint on tyranny, corruption and ineptitude.
Freedom of speech is linked not merely to such grandiose ends as the service of the democracy or the search for truth.
www.firstamendmentcenter.org /Speech/overview.aspx   (1789 words)

  Freedom of speech - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Freedom of speech is the concept of being able to speak freely without censorship.
Freedom of speech is crucial in any democracy, because open discussions of candidates are essential for voters to make informed decisions during elections.
The best-known is typified by the statement that free speech does not allow shouting fire in a crowded theatre, a paraphrase of a statement in the case Schenck v.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Freedom_of_speech   (3257 words)

 Freedom of Speech - MSN Encarta
Freedom of Speech, freedom of expression, both oral and written, from governmental prior restraint, except as such expression constitutes libel, slander, obscenity, sedition, or criminal conduct such as bribery, perjury, or incitement to riot.
In England, for example, the struggle for freedom of speech extended from the 16th through the 18th centuries and was a vital part of the larger struggle for individual liberty and democratic government.
During this period freedom of speech was abridged by Congress in 1798 by passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made it a criminal offense to foster opposition to the federal government.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761554658/Freedom_of_Speech.html   (616 words)

 Freedom of speech in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The most stringent controls on speech in the colonial period were controls that outlawed or otherwise censored speech that was considered blasphemous in a religious sense.
The case is considered a victory for freedom of speech as well as a prime example jury nullification.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Freedom_of_speech_in_the_United_States   (1124 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Freedom of speech   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Freedom of the press (or press freedom) is the guarantee by a government of free public press for its citizens and their associations, extended to members of news gathering organizations, and their published reporting.
Freedom of information can mean: whether a particular piece of information can be freely created, read, modified, copied and distributed; see free content (as well as free culture and free software) freedom to express ones opinions or ideas, generally, within a society; see freedom of speech the accessibility of...
Freedom of speech is often regarded as an integral concept in modern liberal democracies, where it is understood to outlaw censorship.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Freedom-of-speech   (6179 words)

 Speech, freedom of - Facts from the Encyclopedia - Yahoo! Education   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Some kinds of speech regarded as damaging to individual interests (e.g., libel and slander) are limited primarily by the threat of tort action; other forms of speech (e.g., obscenity) are restricted by law because they are regarded as damaging to society as a whole.
Speech that is regarded as disruptive of public order has long been beyond protection (e.g., "fighting words" that cause a breach of the peace or false statements that cause general panic).
The government also limits speech that threatens it directly; although sedition laws are rarely prosecuted in the United States, such rationales as a danger to "national security" have been invoked to silence criticism of or opposition to the government.
messenger.yahooligans.com /reference/encyclopedia/entry/speechfree   (396 words)

 Kurdistan Observer
The justification for a freedom of speech is a general presumption against coercing individuals from how they would like to live and communicate in their daily lives.
The ‘modern’ Kurdish conception of freedom of speech ought to be driven from the principles of freedom of the press (mainly in the context of political criticism) and freedom of religion (mainly in the context of religious toleration).
The freedom of speech in Kurdistan for the next decade might be dominated largely by people’s protection of oral and socially marginal communicators, of whom the most important are the people prepared and equipped with a collective way of thinking and digesting critics.
kurdistanobserver.servehttp.com /mar06/14-3-06-opinion-heval-freedom-of-speech.htm   (1933 words)

 SingaporeMoms - Parenting Encyclopedia - Freedom of speech
Freedom of speech is often regarded as an integral concept in modern liberal democracies, where it is understood to outlaw government censorship.
Freedom of speech is also severely suppressed in China, though with the economic progress, those barriers have been reducing.
Freedom of speech is increasing in oil-producing countries (such as Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Cameroon, and Gabon), because it gives the oil companies a good impression.
www.singaporemoms.com /parenting/Freedom_of_speech   (4174 words)

 Freedom of Speech (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Free speech is simply a useful term to focus our attention on a particular form of human interaction and the phrase is not meant to suggest that speech should never be interfered with.
Prohibiting freedom of speech on these grounds is very questionable in all but extreme cases (it was not persuasive in the Skokie case) because it is very rare that speech would produce such a clear danger to the individual.
Some argue that speech can be limited for the sake of other liberal values, particularly the concern for democratic equality; the claim is not that speech should always lose out when it clashes with other fundamental principles that underpin modern liberal democracies, but that it should not be automatically privileged.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/freedom-speech   (8081 words)

 Principles of Democracy
Freedom of speech and expression, especially about political and other public issues, is the lifeblood of any democracy.
Freedom of speech is a fundamental right, but it is not absolute, and cannot be used to justify violence, slander, libel, subversion, or obscenity.
The challenge for a democracy is one of balance: to defend freedom of speech and assembly while countering speech which truly encourages violence, intimidation, or subversion.
usinfo.state.gov /products/pubs/principles/speech.htm   (433 words)

 Freedom Of Speech And Freedom Of Expression
Freedom of speech is also important to governments because when criticisms of a government are freely voiced, the government has the opportunity to respond to answer unfair comments and criticisms about its actions.
Freedom of speech involves toleration of a great deal of nonsense, and even of matters which are in bad taste.
Freedom of speech has as its necessary corollary the expression of a wide range of views, some of which of course will be unpalatable, or clearly wrong.
www.ourcivilisation.com /cooray/rights/chap6.htm   (4681 words)

 EPIC Archive - Free Speech   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Freedom of speech and the press is a vital part of the political, social and cultural growth of our country.
California, obscenity is speech that (1) the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find, taken as a whole, to appeal to the prurient interest; (2) depicts or describes in a patently offensive manner specifically defined sexual conduct; and (3) lacks as a whole serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.
Speech likely to provoke an average listener to retaliation, and thereby cause a breach of peace, falls outside the protection of the First Amendment because the words have no important role in the marketplace of ideas the freedom of speech is designed to promote.
www.epic.org /free_speech   (5051 words)

 First amendment - Wex
Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief.
The most basic component of freedom of expression is the right of freedom of speech.
Despite popular misunderstanding the right to freedom of the press guaranteed by the first amendment is not very different from the right to freedom of speech.
www.law.cornell.edu /topics/first_amendment.html   (713 words)

 Introduction to the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment
Certain categories of speech are seen (such as, for example, obscenity or "fighting words" or--at one time--commercial speech) as falling entirely outside of First Amendment protection, whereas most other categories of speech are either highly protected or protected absolutely.
Freedom of speech thus becomes an aspect of human dignity.
It has been argued that freedom of speech, especially through our practice of extending protection to speech that we find hateful or personally upsetting, teaches us to become more tolerant in other aspects of life--and that a more tolerant society is a better society.
www.law.umkc.edu /faculty/projects/ftrials/zenger/freespeech.htm   (1191 words)

 Freedom of Speech
Freedom of expression is one of the most fundamental rights that individuals enjoy.
It is also one of the most dangerous rights, because freedom of expression means the freedom to express one's discontent with the status quo and the desire to change it.
This page is just being born, but in the future we hope to provide you with thorough information about what freedom of speech means, why it is important to protect it and what are the attempts to curtail it.
www.derechos.org /human-rights/speech   (566 words)

 Freedom of Speech
Such terminations could implicate freedom of speech, although "professional autonomy" might be a better label for the concept.
Freedom of speech is not absolute, even when government regulation or law is concerned.
In my opinion, this issue is not about general freedom of speech in the First Amendment (which is only freedom from state action), but involves the personal right of a citizen to express an opinion on a political issue and to participate in democratic government.
www.rbs2.com /freespch.htm   (3231 words)

 Freedom of Speech
An absurd application of the freedom of speech implies that a person has the absolute right to buy national air-time for the express purpose of telling lies, or the right to yell “Fire” in a crowded building.
These people in effect acted as though the Freedom of Speech demanded that everyone must have equal access to the information disseminating machinery of the State regardless of the worthiness of their moral position.
The misapplication of the Freedom of Speech is one indicator of that deeper social decay.
www.doctorsenator.com /FreedomofSpeech.html   (3812 words)

 freedom of speech
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars the federal government from “abridging the freedom of speech”; since the 1920s the amendment's protections have been extended against state, as well as against federal, action.
Speech that is regarded as disruptive of public order has long been beyond protection (e.g., “fighting words”; that cause a breach of the peace or false statements that cause general panic).
In recent decades speech controversies in the United States have involved, among other issues, whether and how “hate speech” directed at racial or other groups can be suppressed and what limitations may be imposed on speech in an attempt to combat
www.factmonster.com /ce6/society/A0846222.html   (423 words)

 Freedom of Speech:
The Speech Integration Group led the development of the Java Speech API in cooperation with Sun's Java Software division and external partners.
Speech recognition technology still holds considerable promise for businesses, for individuals with disabilities, and for many areas of research -- if it can be made to work effectively.
Yet speech recognition research faces one obstacle that is far more nettlesome than improving accuracy rates.
research.sun.com /spotlight/2004-04-12.speech.html   (954 words)

 The Violence Worker!: Freedom of Speech
Freedom is a concept that has as many definitions ascribed to it as people who attempt to define it.
There seems to be a disconnect somewhere, because in the court’s enforcement of freedom of religion, they stifle freedom of speech.
In another case anti-free speech, students and academics at Boston College are trying to stop Dr. Condoleezza Rice from speaking at their commencement because she is an integral part of the current hated administration.
www.violenceworker.com /my_weblog/freedom_of_speech/index.html   (3237 words)

 Freedom of hate speech - The Boston Globe
To be sure, freedom of speech is not absolute; laws against libel, death threats, and falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater are both reasonable and necessary.
It is popular in some circles to argue that the United States should do certain things -- adopt single-payer health insurance, abolish capital punishment, etc. -- to conform to the practice in other democracies.
''Freedom for the thought we hate" is never an easy sell, but without it there can be no true liberty.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/03/01/freedom_of_hate_speech   (850 words)

 CECC: China - Censorship and Freedom of Expression, Speech, and the Press - Home Page
Article 35 of the Chinese Constitution states that Chinese citizens enjoy freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Government censorship, while not total, is pervasive and highly effective, and denies Chinese citizens the freedoms of speech and of the press guaranteed to them in the Chinese Constitution.
Suppression of Freedom of Expression and the 2002 SARS Outbreak
www.cecc.gov /pages/virtualAcad/exp   (673 words)

 Freedom of Speech   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In 1994, Summum asked the local municipality of Salt Lake County for permission to erect a monument containing the Principles of Summum next to the Ten Commandments.
Summum's request was promptly denied and Summum responded by filing a grievance against the County of Salt Lake asserting that Summum was denied its right to free speech.
Freedom of speech should be afforded to everyone, majority and minority, equally and fairly.
www.summum.us /about/freespeech.shtml   (1012 words)

 Freedom of Speech
Non-offensive speech does not need protection under the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the United States of America.
There are limits to speech; we cannot yell fire in a crowded theater, and we should not be able to insight to riot.
When people were willing to fight and die to give liberty and freedom to everyone, and not just the people they agreed with.
www.freedom4ever.net /freedom_of_speech.htm   (791 words)

 Freedom Of Speech
An introduction to freedom of speech, blending legal analysis with accounts of how staunchly contested historical, political and cultural issues often influenced legal reasoning.
Copyright, Freedom of Speech, and Cultural Policy in the Russian Federation
The arguments advanced in the second chapter of On Liberty have become the touchtstone of discussions of freedom of speech, yet the broader development of his ideas has been ignored.
www.pulseoffreedom05.org /freedom-of-speech.htm   (170 words)

 American Civil Liberties Union : Free Speech
Freedom of speech is protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights and is guaranteed to all Americans.
Since 1920, the ACLU has worked to preserve our freedom of speech.
Learn more and take action to protect the right to free speech.
www.aclu.org /freespeech/index.html   (454 words)

 Freedom of speech - SourceWatch   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The best way to counter obnoxious speech is with more speech.
Free Speech Under Fire: The ACLU Challenge to "Protest Zones" (http://www.aclu.org/FreeSpeech/FreeSpeech.cfm?ID=13694andc=86), ACLU, September 23, 2003.
International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) (http://www.ifex.org) - a global network of organisations that monitors attacks on free speech worldwide.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Freedom_of_speech   (247 words)

 Global Voices Online » Freedom of Speech
When the Malaysian police started accepting crime reports sent in by members of the public from their cellphones, little did they expect that their own misdemeanours would one day be caught in the frame.
Serbian forum dwellers are confused and terrified by the statements made by the UN representative Martti Ahtisaari, who is authorized to tackle international negotiations to determine the final status of Kosovo and Metohia (K&M in further text).
The newly-born portal for progressive bloggers Bullog was booted from its host server in Inner Mongolia late last month, and relocating to Beijing hasn’t seemed to help as the site—as well as its backup home at niubo.org—has been unaccesible for the last few days.
www.globalvoicesonline.org /-/topics/freedom-of-speech   (6681 words)

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