Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech is a basic human right in most of the countries in the world. E. g., in the United States it is protected by the First Amendment. It upholds the rights of citizens to criticize the government and champion unpopular or distasteful points of view. There are several restrictions to the law, but overall it is considered the broadest of all the industrialized nations. Freedom of the press specifically protects the media from restrictions to its right of freedom of speech.
Examples of rights covered under freedom of speech include:
• advertising commercial products and services
• using offensive words in political campaigns
• not saluting the flag
• contributing money to political campaigns
• burning the flag as a protest
Examples of speech that is not protected include:
• inciting actions that harm others
• distributing obscene material
• burning draft cards
• letting students print articles in school newspapers that the administration objects to
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