Problems with Limiting Freedom of Speech Essay

1022 Words Oct 12th, 2012 5 Pages
1.0 Introduction
The following report was requested on behalf of the Communications department situated within and will be conducted by . The report shall concentrate on and investigate what problems would arise if freedom of speech was limited. It will be submitted by 18/10/2012.

2. Findings

2.1 Who decides on the limitations of freedom of speech?
The concept of Freedom of speech is one which is held sovereign by many constitutions and individuals, especially within the American states. The idea of limiting an American citizen’s freedom of speech would be highly offensive and seen as an act only a dictatorial Government would undertake which, with many factors considered, is true. The actions that in many cases are considered by
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2.2 Example of a country where freedom of speech has been limited and the ‘Chilling-Effect’
‘Chilling-Effect’ is a law that surrounds many factors within constitutional life, but most importantly the right to Freedom of speech. The concept of the Chilling effect is that when a law is passed it causes ‘ripples’ within society. For example, a former Dutch MP and critic of Islamist views against women, Ayaan Hirsi Ali became a ‘marked’ woman for exercising her right to freedom of speech. Because of her beliefs the Islamic community have issued a ‘fatwa’ (juristic ruling issued by an Islamic Scholar) asking for her to be killed. Due to this ‘fatwa’ the neighbouring individuals ordered a court hearing for her to be evicted due to her security concerns becoming a ‘nuisance’ and interrupting their daily life. Due to this event many people will think twice about standing on a ‘soap box’ to voice their opinions surrounding this religion and subject thus resulting in a ‘social ripple’, a Chilling-effect.

2.3 Attempts of limiting freedom of speech

2.31 The Cuban Constitution
The Cuban constitution is considered one of the most restricted constitutions in the world. The only concept of the freedom of speech (and media) that is held has to be abided by in accordance to the Socialist society. Citizens residing within the nation are restricted to do the most basic tasks which most individuals residing in a

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