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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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 should the President of the United States handle mass media organizations that discredit him/her?

We are all well aware of how presidential administrations in the 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 ...
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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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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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Why US voted against anti-Nazi resolution?

Recently, there was a voting (similar to the old one) in UN, about resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism. US, again (along with one other countries - Ukraine), voted against. Motivating ...
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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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Why does Germany ban flag burning?

Today I learnt that Germany is considering a three year jail sentence for burning the EU flag, and also that they currently prohibit the burning of the German flag. This prohibition isn’t solely for ...
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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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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 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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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?

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?
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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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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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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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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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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 York ...
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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 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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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 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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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-...