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Questions tagged [freedom-of-speech]

Freedom of Speech is a political belief that the government should not regulate forms of speech merely because it dislikes said speech. Use this tag to discuss the broader theory, or laws that restrict speech

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Why can't we use freedom of speech and expression to incite people to rebel against government in India?

In India we are not allowed to incite people to rebel against the government. Why are we not allowed to do so?
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Why is Facebook not restricted by the U.S. government to be politically neutral, like the U.S. Army, for example?

To start with, here is the context of the question. I recently heared about this (in fact, rather old - about 4 months ago) story: Mark Zuckerberg reportedly pressured a top Facebook VR exec to drop ...
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Is there an international consensus about Privacy vs Security (How Much Data Should We Collect?)

On the one hand, privacy gives people leeway for free thought, freedom of expression, and criticism without fear of personal consequences. On the other hand, security ensures the structural integrity ...
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Why the recent crackdown on rappers and other popular musicians in Russia?

Recently, the rapper Husky (Хаски) got his concert effectively banned by the Russian law enforcement agencies, allegedly because his lyrics contained themes incompatible with the "children protection" ...
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Do anti blasphemy laws increase corruption?

This asked why Islamic countries are more corrupt and the question was closed for "being too broad". Islamic countries tend to be non secular and they often have laws against "blasphemy". ...
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Is there a ranking of countries' freedom of speech for non-journalists?

I know Reporters Without Borders compiles a Press Freedom Index, but this is not the same thing as freedom of speech for non-journalists. Is there another ranking that specifically addresses the ...
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How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected?

How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected? Freedom of speech? Level of corruption? Rule of law?
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Does EU freedom of speech allow a license plate that taunts a political party?

A few weeks ago a Romanian bought a personalized number plate from Sweden that seemed perfectly fine for Swedish Transport Agency is usually very vigilant when approving such plates. However, this ...
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Why don't politicians get fact checked immediately? [closed]

In this age of information and mobile phones with Google in our pocket, I ask myself, and hereby you: Why don't politicians get fact checked immediately? I guess that a lot of what a politician says ...
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Why did a UK judge place a reporting ban on Tommy Robinson's arrest?

Tommy Robinson (A far right political activist in the UK) was arrested last week outside a UK courthouse. As FOX Reported: The judge in the case on Friday slapped a reporting ban on the case. The ...
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Have governments successfully managed controversial speech?

A bull with fish-shaped flags drawn by schoolchildren, created by a local council for a cattle industry event, has had two Taiwanese flags painted over by that local council. I understand why the ...
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Is it illegal for other nations to pay US citizens to troll on social media?

It's been reported that 13 Russian Federation citizens have been indicted in the US for waging a misinformation campaign during the last Presidential election cycle in the hopes of sowing discontent. ...
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Polish Holocaust law: Is everybody talking about the wrong thing?

Currently, there is an ongoing discussion about the new Polish 'Holocaust law' and the possible whitewashing of their own past. Then I read excerpts of the text. I primarily used the translation on ...
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Why is Poland's proposed Holocaust speech law so controversial?

From what I understood, the law focuses on 2 things: Calling death camps located in Nazi-occupied Poland "Polish death camps". Blaming Poland as a nation for the Holocaust. It seems only the second ...
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Can an EU country government extend exception list for freedom of expression?

By the end of 2017, a Romanian NGO financed some banners that can be easily interpreted as against vaccination (like this one - the first line says "vaccines are not safe"). According to this article,...
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Has there been any attempt to prevent false information from spreading? (legal fact check)

The French President, Emmanuel Macron, said during his new year press conference he would soon propose laws preventing false information from spreading on the web ("fausses nouvelles", more or less ...
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If the Russian regime is so popular, why does it need to invest into limiting freedom of expression?

According to this article, Putin has signed two laws that further limit freedom of expression (law source): Two new laws in Russia jeopardize the privacy and security of internet users and aim to ...
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Were there any “Punch A Nazi” polls done in the US?

The "Punch a Nazi" event in the United States was an interesting phenomena where Richard Spencer (A self titled Identitarian) was punched by an anarchist generating the question "Is it OK to punch a ...
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Is the Southern Poverty Law Center A Political or Information Organization? [closed]

I have read in many of the answers in Politics.SE references to the SPLC. The assumption is that SPLC is a prestigious enough organization that their information is authoritative. It is not just here ...
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Ten Commandments on court buildings: The part about punishing children for sins of parents not included? [closed]

The example Wikipedia pictures for a ten commandment display does not quote the exact text in the bible, leaving out the passage that god will punish children for the sins of their parents. I ...
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What is the practical value of free speech? [closed]

Countries like China or Germany don't have free speech and are doing fine in practical terms (GDP, crime rates, political stability, global power). What is the advantage of having free speech in ...
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How do New Left proponents of No Platforming answer John Stuart Mill's claim that all silencing of discussion is an assumption of infallibility?

I'm trying to listen to both sides of this issue to get a better understanding. If this question could be better worded to be more helpful, please help me out. As I understand it one of the thinkers ...
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What is the reasoning behind the statement “I don't tolerate the intolerant”?

On a debating panel I saw someone make the claim to a Conservative debater: I don't tolerate the intolerant. I'm trying to be open minded about this, and see what the reasoning is here so I can ...
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Is 'identity politics' vs 'freedom of speech' a valid dichotomy?

I've heard one friend say: I'm sick of all this political correctness. People should be able to say what they think. Words never physically hurt anybody. Freedom of speech is part of the US ...
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What is 'critical theory' in terms of restriction of free speech?

The journalist Chris Uhlmann (also the author of the video clip on Trump's G19 performance at the G20) writes the following on the history of critical theory and its impact on free speech: neo-...
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How is freedom defined in different parts of the world?

In the western world we proud ourself with being free. We even go to war to compel our views of freedom upon others, without knowing if we actually freed anyone. How is freedom defined in the rest of ...
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Why does the US Constitution mention freedom of the press in addition to freedom of speech?

The First Amendment to the US Constitution proclaims that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...." Why is (or was) it necessary to specifically mention ...
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What is the rationale for foreign interference in a democratic election being intrinsically bad?

In Sanders on Trump and the challenge for the left – full transcript (published in the Guardian, which was behind Operation Clark County), Sanders describe Russian interference in the US presidential ...
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Basis for the Dutch authorities denying a Turkish minister access to a Turkish consulate [duplicate]

A few days ago, the Turkish family minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya was prevented from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam, where she was going, it seems, as part of the organization of a ...
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Is Trump’s barring of select media outlets from White House press conferences a violation of the First Amendment?

I asked this question at law.stackexchange.com where it was closed as opinion-based. From the New York Times: [...] Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, barred journalists from The New ...
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Robert Reich on Milo protesters - alternative facts? [closed]

Some very convincing points being made by Robert Reich (UCB professor and Clinton administration official) can be found here. Is he presenting facts or alternative facts?
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Berkeley Riots: Protest or Infringment of Rights

The violence that preempted the talk of a prominent alt-right speaker on University of California Berkeley's campus has set off a debate over the role of free speech in American society. Did the ...
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Is There a “Pig Painting” Timeline?

On May 6th 2016, Representative Lacy Clay congratulated David Pulphus on his painting "Untitled #1" and at some point the painting made it to Washington where Representative Clay hung it in the Cannon ...
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How widely established are the laws against reporting on polling during election?

In comments on " Is the "no poll reporting till voting is done" specific to Brexit vote? " I was made aware that other countries also have rules against reporting on polling numbers on ...
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Did Governor Cuomo suspend First Amendment rights?

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo of New York issued an executive order that public funding will be slashed from all companies or businesses operating in the state of New York that openly boycott or sanction ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in France?

The question is similar to this one: Freedom of speech is understood to be fundamental in a democracy. What limitations to freedom of speech are there in France? Is holocaust denial an example? can ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the US and Canada?

Freedom of speech is understood to be fundamental in a democracy. What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the United States of America and in Canada? Is Holocaust denial an example?
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Wikipedia, Context and Freedom of Speech [closed]

Is the infinite banning of a person or persons from Wikipedia tantamount to destruction of free speech? It's a difficult argument for people to make as many would say 'well, you have the right to say ...
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What is Trump's official line on Freedom of Speech?

According to the Evening Standard and IBTimes, a satirical nude portrait of Trump has been banned in the US. Is this true, and has Trump given a formal statement on his views on Freedom of Speech? ...