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The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution guarantees four freedoms: freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly. The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791. Since that time, those freedoms have been discussed, debated, fought and died for. Since that time, millions of immigrants have come to America to secure those freedoms. The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. They believed in the power of ideas and debate, not censorship.In all truth, our forefathers were pioneers into our freedom of speech. The Revolutionary War took place in...
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The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution guarantees four freedoms: freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly. The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791. Since that time, those freedoms have been discussed, debated, fought and died for. Since that time, millions of immigrants have come to America to secure those freedoms. The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. They believed in the power of ideas and debate, not censorship.In all truth, our forefathers were pioneers into our freedom of speech. The Revolutionary War took place in pursuit of the freedoms written about by colonial politicians. The monarch's in England were ultimately...
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IntroductionI have chosen to write my paper on the freedom of speech. This right is given to us through the constitution of the United States. I believe that being able to say what I want and state my opinion on different things without being prosecuted is a very important right that we have in America. This freedom is a part of the American government, which shows that the United States is a well developed nation and listens to all of the its citizens. There are many places around the world where people do not have any say whatsoever in what goes on in their own country, let...
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Thank you, Chairman. And a very good afternoon, every one . Today, our team strongly agree with today's topic and that is "Greater freedom of expression should be allowed in Singapore.FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION WILL HURT SOMEONE'S REPUTATION AND CHARACTER(rebut) First of all, I'll like to repeat the title again. The title says about greater freedom of expression; and not complete freedom of expression. So please don't misunderstand the topic. And I will to tell everyone the definition of "freedom of expression":Freedom of...
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Throughout the history of America, from the time of it's ratification, until today, The Constitution of the United States of America has ensured Americans the freedom to speak their minds and express their opinions. The American Court System; however, has ruled that in certain situations freedom of speech and expression can be limited. A direct contradiction to the Constitution.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...
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Prior to the Radification of the Constitution of the United States, the largest argument opposing the ratification had its roots in basic civil liberties and rights. The controversy stemed over the lack s a listing of what the people are entitled to against government. The Bill of Rights was agreed upon and the ratification of the Constitution followed. The Bill of Rights, also the first 10 amendments to our Constitution, protect many of the liberties Americans take for granted today. The right to freedom of Religion, freedom of the press, and freedom to Assemble. The Right to bear...
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Freedom of speech is one of the many wonderful rights that we are granted with by just being present in this country. It is the right to say and express whatever you feel. What is wonderful about this right is that no one can take it away from you; not the government; not your mom, not even your English teacher.Freedom of speech has done many things for Americans. It has given us the right to practice the religion of our choice, to express ourselves in speech and writing, and to give our own opinions in books, newspapers, and magazines. You can also consider the right to vote as a form of freedom of speech.You are affected by this right in your daily life, from when you wake...
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Our forefathers worked to ensure we could enjoy civil liberties that they were unable to under British rule. In the First Amendments one of the liberties detailed is freedom of speech, specifically in that Congress will not enact a law that is “abridging the freedom of speech.” In 1925 the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment applies to each state ensuring that the constitutional right to free speech is protected from interference by the government. Freedom of speech can only be upheld so long as the content of which does not violate the law.
In 2002 a high school senior, Joseph Frederick, revealed a banner for the Olympic Torch Relay while it was in town on it's journey to...
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Freedom of Cyber-Speech
Freedom of speech has always been an important issue in American society. With the advent of the Internet as a high-speed communication device, this issue has become even more prominent in recent years. This paper will explore the issue of whether the Internet should be censored. Additionally, it will investigate possible methods for undertaking this censorship.
Since 1787, the Constitution has been integral part of American society. The First Amendment to the Constitution, passed in 1791, reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the...
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Freedom Of Speech
Do you think swearing is right? Well everybody in the world does it either its addressing it to someone, threatening someone, or even just saying it for no reason. Freedom of speech is important because it gives a person a chance to express themselves freely without having to get in trouble or anything. People around the world listen to swearing almost everyday. There are sometimes that you can get in trouble for saying what you want (I.e. threatening someone for there life). If you were to threaten someone for there life, you will get arrested. But everyday you hear it in movies, places, music, and other media. This should be researched more because swearing is in a lot...
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Censorship of the Internet is UnconstitutionalThe freedom of speech that was possible on theInternet could now be subjected to governmental approvals. For example,China is attempting to restrict political expression, in the name ofsecurity and social stability. It requires users of the Internet andelectronic mail (e-mail) to register, so that it may monitor theiractivities.9 In the United Kingdom, state secrets and personal attacks areoff limits on the Internet. Laws are strict and the government isextremely interested in regulating the Intern...
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A long, long time ago our fore fathers sat down and drafted the most influential document of our lives as Americans, The Constitution. In this historical guideline for a free society the first Amendment deals with what they thought was a main need in our society that did not necessarily exist in other cultures at that time. This main need was free speech. Since this document was put into place, the issue of free speech has been heatedly debated among the common public, big business, and worldwide industries. The government has always been the moderator in cases dealing with free speech, much like when the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) fought diligently to get the government to...
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IntroductionIt is said that censorship never dies, it changes its form. Debates about politically acceptable ideas and books continue in current debates about extremism on the Internet. Issues of human rights preoccupy us today, just as they have in prior centuries. We are interested in what ideas and media circulate in society, concerned about what impact they are having on our children, wondering how to balance law and order on the one hand and freedom of action and speech on the other.There are many examples, today and in the past, of where societies, and particularly institutionalised power, have set...
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On the most recent list Reporters Without Boarders released in 2010, Norway was listed as tied for the number one spot for the country with the most freedom of speech (Press Freedom Index 2010). Since Reporters Without Borders has been compiling a list of the countries, ranking them from one to one hundred seventy-eight, for countries with the best freedom of speech; Norway has been tied for first in all years since 2002. It was only in 2006 that Norway lost its number one ranking and fell to being tied for the number sixth spot. Regardless of its fall to the number sixth place in 2006 (Press Freedom Index 2010), according to the information Reporters Without Borders has collected, Norway is...
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The U.S. Constitution is one of the most influential documents in existence, considered by some to be a living document. The U.S. Constitution is one of the oldest surviving constitutions and accompanied with its amendments known as the Bill of Rights has been used by many countries around the world as a model when constructing their own constitutions. For over 200 years the U.S. Constitution and amendments have remained virtually unchanged. The Supreme Court of the...
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Much like football and fresh apple pie, the cinema is an American pastime. It is rooted in the 20th century and has matured over the decades, mirroring the social and cultural growth of our nation. Compared to their precursors, contemporary films vary in content and target audience and convey a multitude of messages to viewers. But film would not demonstrate such variety without the cultural staple of our media, a constitutional right that is, in itself, an American pastime. Freedom of speech, as provided by the First Amendment, has fertilized the growth of cinema, and, in kind, the history of film has proven that free speech is easily applied to many media platforms, protective of...
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Censorship may be protection from inappropriate materials, but it also limits free speech. For the limitation of free speech, it is reasonable why people are emphatically against censorship. It is understood that there is a need to filter some of the materials released in today’s society, but too much is being done by people who have no right meddling with everyone’s rights. Civilization has always been plagued by a never ending battle being fought over what is deemed right and wrong. In today’s culture, censorship oppresses everything in the media. From movies and music to television and even news stories, most of the content viewed today has been filtered one way or another. Restrictions...
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"Norman Rockwell's Freedom of Speech" February 20, 1943 "The color and texture of the main figure's hands reveal that he is a manual laborer. This detail conveys the idea that in a democracy everyone has an equal voice regardless of social status." Norman Rockwell was born in 1894 and lived until 1978. His career consisted of many paintings that portayed American values at the time and expressed his feelings to everyone. His works became covers of a popular magazine at the height of his career, the
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Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Thought, Freedom of Pot!
There is a war going on; it keeps thousands in pain every night, a war that if were to end, could save thousands of people’s lives. This is the war on marijuana. You could say that marijuana has a bad reputation in the eyes of many people, but in reality it is a drug which has the ability of saving lives and curing diseases in which have plagued us for too long. People need to be informed on the good that marijuana can bring not just to this country, but to the whole world.
Marijuana (cannabis sativa) is often referred to as pot, tea, grass, weed, hashish, maryjane, ganja,...
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Our Founding Fathers signed a highly important document on September 17, 1787 that had ideas that were unique at that time. It formed a new government that has lasted for over 200 years. The United States Constitution gives Americans rights at birth that lasts until the time they die. One of the most important rights is in Amendment I, or more specifically, the freedom of speech. Freedom of speech gives one the right to express or say their opinions with no restraint. Americans across the nation use this right everyday from having bumper stickers on their cars to protesting for what they believe in. We, as Americans, should not limit freedom of speech. Even though it allows hate speech...
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The freedom of speech is an effective tool for the discovery of truth and the exposure of falsehood. The freedom of speech also uses central importance to a democratic government. The right to cast a vote means nothing if the vote is not well informed. Citizens can only make a confident decision when faced with two competing policies if they are certain that they have heard the strongest possible arguments for both positions. Freedom of speech, of the press, of association, of assembly and petition are protected by the First Amendment, and...
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Topic: Do you believe that free speech as proscribed under the first amendment of the constitution should be limited?
The entire American Government is based in the belief that all human beings are born with certain rights. People do not receive their rights from the Government; its function is actually to guard the rights we already have. Citizens are protected by the first amendment, which prohibits government from acting against anyone's rights.
The first amendment applies to every single citizen in the country, but most of them do not even know what it is about or what it means. The first amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or...
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Freedom of Speech and Responsibility
No matter how fervently someone believes in the justice of his cause, suppression of the free exchange of ideas is failure at best or downright wrong. The power or might behind an idea does not make the idea right. Many powerful people throughout history have been wrong. Few people, if any, would judge "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" to be subversive or wrong. In 1939 Ambassador Kennedy was so caught up in the fears of the times that he was willing to use the power of his money to protect the world against a film. When people are caught up in the movements of their time, all people must be extra zealous to guard and encourage freedom of...
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When the Constitution of the United States was ratified it mainly addressed the structure of the government with very few liberties for the individual. However, the states demanded a bill of rights that addressed the rights of the individuals as well. As a result, the Constitution began to adapt and change by adding amendments. Today the Bill of Rights still continues to change based on the will of the people and the judgment of the U.S. Supreme Court however, the core principles that our country was founded on has remained the same. There are currently 27 amendments to the Constitution of the United States all of which address the structure of the federal government, its functions, the...
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Every American takes pride in the rights given to him or her. These rights are protected by the constitution, and are represented by the first ten Amendments. The First Amendment states that, "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" (U.S. Constitution Online). This means that Congress cannot make laws that infringe on a citizen's right to religion, freedom of speech, the right to peacefully assemble, and the right to petition the government to redress of...
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The definition of freedom of speech is the right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction. (Morse & Mish, 2012) However, one cannot go about just saying whatever they please. There are in fact limitations to what one can say. Some might say that that is unconstitutional, but is it unconstitutional to prevent people from threatening others or preventing others from incriminating another person’s rights. I think not. The Supreme Court is the judge of whether or not a person has or has not broken the law regarding freedom of speech.
Schenck v. United States
The Supreme Court case Schenck v....
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Most people see a violent video game being sold and do not think twice about it. The sale of violent video games in our current system is normal. In 2008, 298.2 million video games were sold in the US, totaling $11.7 billion in revenue. Six of the top ten best-selling video games included violence, with four of the games carrying a "Mature" rating recommended for persons aged 17 and older (Procon). In June 2011, the case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association California attempted to enforce a statute that gives a punishment for selling violent video games to minors (Herard 515). Entertainment Merchants Association took this statute to court saying it violated rights given to the...
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The contemporary Manipuri society is passing through one of the most critical phases in the history of its existence. Today we are living in a transitional period which is characterized by chaos, disorder, anarchy, instability, uncertainty and confusion. It is quite apprehensive to think about where our society is heading to. But, we know that the direction of social change very much depends upon the existing 'ideas'. The clash of ideas or suppression of ideas may prove fatal for the society.Here, the role of the 'Intellectual community' is highly indispensable to determine the future course of social change and political development. As such, the need of the hour is 'Intellectual...
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Freedom of speech should have some limitations. The American people should have the right to say whatever they want, but to an extent. Whether it is on signs or verbally some things should not be expressed. The United States is well known for being “the home of the free,” but some people take their freedom a bit too far. People can burn flags, protest at military funerals, even use the “n” word and watching pornography in libraries.
To start off, our country has come so far since September 11th, but right after caused a state of confusion with the entire nation. While it has only been 12 years since it has happened, it had caused my husband’s family to move away from their home in Oak...
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Throughout the history of music, many artists have been denounced, ridiculed, and banned as a result of their controversial lyrics. Artists like rap star Ice Cube and shock rocker Marilyn Manson have received a great deal of negative attention from the media due to their 'unpleasant' lyrics. As a result of these lyrics being so unsettling to some, these artists along with many others in the present and past, have been protested, fined, and even sued. Some people claim that these artists are harmful to the youth, while others claim that they are just plain obscene. Some even stand against them because of religious reasons....
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One of the most important and difficult professions is teaching. Teachers play a vital role in nurturing the intellectual and social development of various students during their maturing years. Teachers employ more time with the students on a daily basis than parents do. Thus, parents entrust the teachers with an enormous responsibility to guide their children to become useful members of society; however, this task becomes difficult for a teacher when she faces the lack of respect and discipline from her students. A Pennsylvania teacher, Natalie Munroe engages a vast of stress and abuse from her students when she taught at Central Bucks East High School. Munroe posted a blog on the internet...
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In the essays, “In Defense of Prejudice: Why Incendiary Speech Must Be Protected” by Jonathan Rauch and “The Debate over Placing Limits on Racist Speech Must Not Ignore the Damage It Does to Its Victims” by Charles R. Lawrence III, the writers express their beliefs on the topic of freedom of speech and prejudice speech; particularly racist. As far as any benefits of prejudice speech go, the two writers thoroughly disagree. Lawrence believes that there are no benefits of prejudice speech and it should not be included in what America’s “freedom of speech” entails, because of its effect on minorities as he writes, “Whenever we decide that racist speech must be tolerated because of the...
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Since the Internet burst free of academic cloisters into the public domain during 1990s, it has been thoroughly debated whether the individual’s remarks and comments on the Internet should be restricted. Also this has drawn increasing attention due to popularity of the emerging social net like Facebook and Twitter in recent years. While some advocate that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, others argue that an uncontrollable medium of anarchy may occur owing to the freedom of speech. This paper examines both the arguments for and against of the freedom speech in Internet and provides suggestions based on these arguments.
The Internet freedom provides capable and...
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Like most democratic nations in the world, the United States has had its own fair share of issues with hate speech. There has been a lot of controversy over whether hate speech should be regulated. In analyzing the concept of free speech, one cannot ignore that it does not occur in a vacuum. There have been all types of debasements ranging from ethnic, religious, racial and gendered stereotyping. Freedom of speech inherently includes all other fundamental human rights. Hence, as acknowledged through natural rights, other rights and personhood should adamantly be included within this scope of this protection. Hate speech is a limit on free speech, as it not only puts the victim under...
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Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition
There are three main reasons why we have or need our Freedom of
religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. First, the 1st
Amendment gives us our independence. Second, it also gives us the
right to express ourselves. Last but not least, it allows people to
express themselves without constraint by the government. The 1st
Amendment is a very essential freedom that everyone should be entitled
Our independence is the most important essential need of humans. It
lets us be and act how we are and want to be. The reason why the
Europeans immigrated to America was to find their freedom of...
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Freedom of speech and the liberty to uphold ones expression has long been the subject of many debates. It has taken centuries if not years for mankind to come to a point where many can easily voice their opinions without having to ponder over the consequences. But one should always know where to draw the line. Freedom of expression also needs to have its limits. Two of the masterminds who put forth their work on liberty and freedom of speech were John Stuart Mill and Jean-Jacque Rousseau. The concepts penned by Rousseau contradict those that were constructed by Mil; while the former focused on the functioning of the society as a whole, the latter advocated the rights of the individual...
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"The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state; but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications, and not in freedom from censure for criminal matter when published. Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what sentiments he pleases before the public; to forbid this, is to destroy the freedom of the press; but if he publishes what is improper, mischievous or illegal, he must take the consequence of his own temerity." (Blackstone)Journalists and their associations can be called upon to defend their freedom against those who are critical of the media and its operations, which often result in a journalist being sued for defaming a person,...
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Freedom of Speech Must be Granted for All Americans
An educated family man dedicated to saving lives and easing the suffering of others was shot down and killed in the early morning light outside of his office simply because of his beliefs and the job he performs (ABC News). There was rioting and death in a distant country resulting from the remarks of a religious speaker (ABC News). A businessman on a plane trip was taken from his seat without explanation and interrogated for hours based solely on his nationality (CNN). Caught on videotape, an uneducated man was beaten senseless due to the color of his skin by those sworn to protect him (ABC News). A mother weeps; her loving,...
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Freedom of speech was a big topic spoken about in the 1950’s and even today. Schools in the 1950’s had to recite a specific prayer every morning in school not like today. Students had to recite the “twenty two word regents prayer”. The Engel Vs Vitale case has to do with separation of church and state, meaning that there should be a separation between peoples views on religious freedom and the government. In the first amendment, Thomas Jefferson introduced this law and rule during the colonies but then this later evolved into the United States, where into the 1950’s became a huge debate on who was right and who was wrong. The Supreme Court case Engel v. Vitale expanded the rights of...
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No other democratic society in the world permits personal freedoms to the degree of the United States of America. Within the last sixty years, American courts, especially the Supreme Court, have developed a set of legal doctrines that thoroughly protect all forms of the freedom of expression. When it comes to evaluating the degree to which we take advantage of the opportunity to express our opinions, some members of society may be guilty of violating the bounds of the First Amendment by publicly offending others through obscenity or racism. Americans have developed a distinct disposition toward the freedom of...
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Little Freedom of Expression
Freedom of expression, like the air we breathe, is a luxury that most people in western civilization take for granted. I know I certainly took it for granted when I was in the twelfth grade, and that presumption almost got me expelled. In Cornwall, Ontario this last December the idea of freedom of speech did more than get a young man expelled. He was forced to spend the better part of a month, including Christmas, New Year's Eve, and his sixteenth birthday in jail. Finally there is the case of the former mayor of Mukingo in Ruhengeri Prefecture, Juvenal Kejelijeli, who is desperately fighting deportation to face charges for his "freedom of expression,"...
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The Effects of Technology on the Right of Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of democratic political and social institutions. It is responsible for the free flow of ideas and information to anyone who wishes to listen. Freedom of speech supports freethinking and sharing of thoughts, but along with these good characteristics there are also harmful ones. With the positive aspects such as art, journalism, and the pursuit of truth come negatives aspects such as pornography, gambling, and hate and shock sites. To continue with free speech people, must accept these negative aspects such as The Blackplague shock site, "The Blackplague", http://www.blackplague.org/. The...
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Today, in the 1990's, citizens in our society are being bombarded with obscene material from every direction. From the hate lyrics of Gun's 'N Roses to the satanic lyrics of Montley Crue and Marilyn Manson to the sexually explicit graphical content of today's movies, the issue is how much society is going to permit and where we, as a society, should we draw the line. The freedom of speech has always been considered a right, but that doesn't mean that you can shout, 'Fire!' in a crowded movie theater. The real question is whether such material is harmful or dangerous to our society.Many people are asking whether or not we should censor offensive material. They believe that some...
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An awful reality, the freedom of speech and press in Venezuela is in danger of disappearing. In Venezuela, if someone has a different opinion of the President of the country, Hugo Chavez, could be penalized. Can the opposition movements, including student force, change this current reality? What can the common citizens do against the government when every day it is capable of setting down more severe restrictions to silence the press? Should the opposition parties keep fighting as they have been for the last 10 years?
In the last 5 to 6 years, the government has been able to control the independence of the media with radical and unconstitutional restrictions. It has been one event followed...
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IntroductionHave you noticed that there are an increase number of phone-in programs in television and radio after 1997 in Hong Kong? And more people participate in the open forum discussion of public policy? All these reflect people in Hong Kong are more eager to express their opinion and more value their freedom of speech than in the past. Freedom of speech is not only being respected in Hong Kong, but also every part of the world. According to the 'Declaration of Human Right' of United Nation, freedom of speech is an essential part of human right that every human born to...
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The Communication Decency Act is a bill which has insulted our right as Americancitizens. It's a bill which SHOULD not pass. I'll share with you how Internet users arereacting to this bill, and why they say it is unconstitutional.Some individuals disagree with one part of the bill. According tohttp://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ query/z?c104:s.652.enr:, which has the CommunicationsDecency Act on-line for public viewing,: 'Whoever uses an Internet service to send to aperson or persons under 18 years of age......any comment, request, suggestion, proposal,image,........or anything offensive as measured by contemporary community...
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America, land of the free. America, a country based in many ways on the freedom of press, and the freedom of speech. But what would happen to this great country, tis of thee, if these precious rights had ceased to exist? America, the land of liberty and home of the brave, would hold a great stock of uninformed and uneducated community, ready to rise up to anarchy at any moment; a crowd of undiverse and ununified people; and a population of souls unwilling to create because of the ever looming presence of big brother.Without the first amendment, America would be uneducated and uninformed. It is customary for most people to wake up every morning to their daily paper. But, in a...
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The United States Constitution was originally drafted in 1787 and this did not contain the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was ratified December 15, 1791 (McClenaghan 71). At that time, George Mason and others argued that it should not be included (Bender 27). James Madison believed that adding a bill of rights could give the government powers to take away people’s private rights (Madison 44). He stated that wherever power gives people the right to do something wrong, wrong doings will be done (Madison 44). Madison also felt that a bill of rights would give power to the new government to provide security which did not exist with the State Governments (Madison 44). Thomas Jefferson argued...
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Occupy Movements Wins Freedom of SpeechThe First Amendment to the United States constitution states that congress shall make no law abridging or suppressing freedom of speech. This has grown to include public demonstrations, candle light vigils, wearing symbols on one's clothing and other peaceful assemblies. Many people believe if a private party suppresses their freedom to speak that this is a violation of their rights, it is not. The Occupy Wall Street protest or encampment has been taking place in cities across America for over a...