Free Speech : Freedom Of Speech Essay

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Freedom of speech

An important part of of being an autonomous human being is having the freedom which comes with the right to free speech. For Christians in the England today the extent to which they can express their beliefs are being restricted in the face of an increasingly secular society with alternative views and priorities.

Freedom of speech (article 10) is one of the rights guaranteed under the European convention of human rights which states:

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

However according to UK laws, Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 makes it a criminal offence to use…

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