Freedom And Freedom Of Speech

2989 Words Apr 8th, 2015 12 Pages
Freedom of speech is one of the cornerstones of a democratic government and has been one of the most important rights since the concept of democracy was established. The most common definition of freedom is the right to think, act, or speak as you wish without being restrained by anyone or thing. The statement above is a very general definition of freedom but that is not what is portrayed in the constitution today in respect to the rights and freedoms of individuals. In today’s world, the word “freedom” has a lot of limitations that are being argued or discussed about. One of the important laws of freedom included in both the fundamental human rights and freedom stated in most countries’ constitutions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the right to freedom of expression through speech or media. As individuals, we are entitled to express our opinions through writing, publishing or communication, and such expression should be respected whether shared or not. Freedom of speech is one of the most important rights in a democratic society but it does not seem to be acknowledged in respect its great value. There have been ongoing debates on the extent to which an individual or groups can exercise their freedom of speech. Also being discussed are the possible threats to the right of freedom of speech. Freedom of speech as a phrase implies, gives people the ability to speak their thoughts on all issues pertaining to their lives and I believe they should not be…

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