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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Articulable, plausible parallels between McCarthyism and social media moderation? (re D.C. Circuit opinion) [closed]

In a recent minority opinion, D.C. Circuit Senior Judge Laurence Silberman included the following comment (at the end of this passage): The judge also took sides in the ongoing public debate about ...
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Is it legal to talk about former Chief Justice of India (CJI) in the Parliament of India?

On 8 February 2021, Mahua Moitra said the following in her speech in Lok Sabha during the discussion on motion of thanks on the President's address: The sacred cow that was the judiciary is no longer ...
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Has the freedom of speech been compromised in the US? [duplicate]

Freedom of speech is defined as: The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government, protected in the United States as a right under the First Amendment to ...
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What was the ultimate fate of the 1985 defamation lawsuit against Rep. Don Sundquist?

In a pre-Westfall case (which might as well have motivated the 1988 law that increased Congresspersons' immunity against civil lawsuits), NYT reports (1987) A Federal appeals court panel has ruled ...
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How does the international community differentiate between a “rights activist” and a separatist? [closed]

This has been my personal observation for a long time that in some countries, when the government says that they are cracking down on separatism, the so-called "free world" come forward and ...
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Any mechanism in the US to decide what is conspiracy theory, and what is not? [closed]

It is obviously important to divide truth from conspiracy theories. Truth is good, and conspiracy theories are bad and disturbing. But how would common citizen know what is good, and what is bad? For ...
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What is the status of regulation of Social Media Companies in the US?

Twitter and Facebook (and other social media sites) recently became the focus of a lot of attention for the role they did or did not play in allowing the spread of information (or disinformation) ...
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Is it a fundamental tenet of liberalism to allow the expression of illiberal ideals?

In recent years, the US has seen a rise in a priori rejection or "cancelling" of illiberal ideas on the left. In essence, these ideas are being rejected from mainstream liberal society ...
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What are the main schools of thought on the “gray areas” of free speech?

In relation to the Paradox of Tolerance (which roughly states that a society must be intolerant to intolerance of the core ideals of that society if it wishes to persist), a government that extends ...
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Does US Federal Law explicitly prohibit election misinformation?

According to the latest rumor about pro-Trump influencer arrested on charges of conspiring with others in advance of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to use various social media platforms to ...
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What is the rationale behind Angela Merkel's criticism of Donald Trump's ban on Twitter?

According to CNBC, Angela Merkel (via her chief spokesman) criticized Donald Trump's ban on Twitter. “The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance,” Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s chief ...
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Does the Speech and Debate clause protect members of Congress from prosecution for violent threats made during congressional debates?

The first amendment has been interpreted to have exceptions that don’t protect violent speech, but what about this clause, could Congress members get away with saying literally anything during debates ...
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What gives the Supreme Court the authority to restrict free speech? [closed]

I am confused as to how they can prevent certain kinds of speech from being used. Doesn't the Constitution say it can't be limited?
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Why should public servants be apolitical?

The High Court of Australia has recently ruled in Comcare v. Banerji which was a test case that revealed the limits of the implied freedom of speech in Australia. A public servant, Michaela Banerji, ...
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How did it come to be determined that certain speech is unacceptable? [closed]

What is the decisive point for classifying a certain speech as unacceptable?
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What actions have governments critical of Macron's response to the murder of Samuel Paty called for?

Following the murder of Samuel Paty in France two weeks ago, Emmanuel Macron gave a speech [fr] in which he defended freedom of expression and said "we won't give up on caricatures". This ...
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Why is the US ranked as #45 in Press Freedom ratings, despite its extremely permissive free speech laws?

According to the Press Freedom Index, the US is ranked at a meager 45th position in the global ranking of countries. In comparison, New Zealand is currently at the 8th spot despite having an official "...
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Does freedom of speech mean freedom to mock everything? [closed]

It's widely known that in most western countries, it's allowed to mock religion - because of freedom of speech. Does freedom of speech allow one to mock everything, or are there taboo subjects that ...
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How should the President of the United States handle mass media organizations that discredit him/her?

Presidential administrations in the recent past have fought a very public political battle of words with the media in the United States. The media is a very powerful entity with the power to sway ...
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Is it illegal for candidates to pay a journalist to publish fake news?

Say candidate A and candidate B both want to be elected president. Then candidate A pays a journalist to publish an invented story about candidate B. For example where candidate B killed a cat. Then ...
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Is freedom of expression more important than religious sensitivities? [closed]

Charlie Hebdo is planning to republish the blasphemous cartoons of Muhammad (P.B.U.H), and when the Fresh president Emmanuel Macron was asked whether he will condemn this action, he categorically ...
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Why does Germany ban flag burning?

Today, I learnt that: Germany is considering a three year jail sentence for burning the EU flag. Germany currently prohibits the burning of the German flag. This prohibition isn’t solely for ...
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Why did the US vote against a UN anti-Nazi resolution?

Recently, there was a UN vote (similar to the one in 2017) on a resolution that condemned the glorification of Nazism. As in the previous vote, the USA (along with Ukraine), voted against the motion, ...
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What has led to Poland's rapid fall in the World Press Freedom Index over the last 5 years?

In the last week, the 2020 World Press Freedom Index was published (map of results here). One thing in particular which stood out to me was Poland's ranking of 62nd overall, along with a rough ...
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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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What are the main reasons for the expanded oversight behind the reauthorization of the FREEDOM Act?

This tweet from the Senate GOP states that the legislation “gives national security professionals the tools they need to find + stop terrorists, while also protecting the civil liberties of innocent ...
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What is Trump's social networks executive order about?

I've seen a titles which tell that it's a nightmare for those companies (Google, Facebook, Twitter). But they're pretty vague on it. What exactly does it do to them?
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How many people were sanctioned in Spain for criticizing the police, under Spain's 2015 “citizens security law”?

There have been some [2015] Spanish media reports that after the adoption of the 2015 Citizens Security Law (Ley Orgánica 4/2015), which among other things forbids "the unauthorized use of images ...
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Is there evidence that Gotabaya Rajapaksa uses politically motivated kidnappings?

This question is about the Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka presidential election candidate. Many people accuse him of being involved with kidnapping people with white vans. "White van" is a famous ...
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How does Germany justify banning the YPG flag?

According to Wikipedia: In Germany, there is a ban on PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] symbols that, as of March 2017, is officially extended the YPG [People's Protection Units] and YPJ [Women's ...
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Is there any justification for claims by the Chinese Government that social media controls are needed to prevent incitment of riots?

In several countries, there's the practice of censoring foreign social media and other types of websites, presumably due to the possibility of the information on them would cause social instability ...
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Can US Congress members be (successfully) sued for defamation?

What is the level of protection of Congress members against civil lawsuits for statements they make, e.g. can they be successfully sued for defamation (libel, slander etc.)?
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Are there any (post-Westfall) cases in which the Attorney General refused certification for a defamation lawsuit against a Congressperson?

The Westfall Act (1988) provides strong protection for Congresspersons against civil lawsuits. Part of the procedure that allows this protection to be effective is the fact that following Attorney ...
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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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Would it be illegal for Facebook to actively promote a political agenda?

There's a lot of discussion in the past years on whether or not Facebook is using their platform to promote a certain political agenda and influence elections. Facebook denies such accusations but ...
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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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Are there really no countries that protect Freedom of Speech as the United States does?

During the past few months I've seen a few news items about Europeans not having that much freedom of speech online, specifically in the UK. Americans, on the other hand, always pride themselves on ...
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Freedom of speech and the N-word

Is it true that in US you can be jailed if you will say the N-word to some black person? Because I heard some stories from some people and I really doubt but still I really not know much about the U....
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Freedom of Speech and Assembly in China [closed]

If a group of five Chinese citizens assemble in a Beijing park with a "Democracy Now" sign (or its equivalent in Chinese characters) for a few hours every Saturday, are they likely to be arrested ...
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Is it illegal for foreigners to pay US citizens to engage in political activities in the US?

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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Freedom of speech and where it applies

There seems to be multiple definitions of freedom of speech out there, and I hear a lot about how companies like Google and Twitter are exempt from this as they are private entities and freedom of ...
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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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Is it allowed to invoke religion while campaigning in India?

I have seen a lot of politicians invoking religion while campaigning for elections in India. They usually drive up an "us vs them" mob mentality. While I feel that this is ethically wrong, is this ...
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Why can't we use freedom of speech and expression to incite people to rebel against government in India? [closed]

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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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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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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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?