Free Speech Is An Element Of Democracy Essay

1942 Words Nov 11th, 2016 8 Pages
When people talk about free speech most people are referring to the Universal Declaration of Human Right. Which states that Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless the frontiers. In a democratic state free speech is an element of democracy. Many countries have like the US and Canada are democratic states, where the government is for, by and of its citizens. For a state or country to be considered democratic it has to have free speech in order for different political views to be shared and create free criticism of the government. “Laws and policies are not legitimate unless they have been adopted through a democratic process, and a process is not democratic if government has prevented anyone from expressing his convictions about what those laws and policies should be” Free speech is important in order for you to voice your opinions about the government whom you chose. The fact that it says we have free speech does that mean we actually do? There are limitations to the right to free speech, such as ethical, moral, government and Harm. With these limitations one must ask if there is a right to free speech. In this essay I argue that limitations to free speech show that there are no complete rights to free speech. Free speech is not just about talking; it also involves the freedom to make videos…

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