Freedom of expression

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Freedom of expression is the right of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. Freedom of speech is sometimes seen as a more narrow concept referring to the right to communicate one's opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship.

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USA

People in America have the right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. That is the theory. The reality is subtly different. Saying the wrong thing to the wrong people does not lead to prison or death but it does lead to dismissal (Cancel culture; Kulturvernichtung). Losing your job and your livelihood has a major effect on loose tongues.

United Nations

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A). Article 19 states:

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 of frontiers.

Quotes

  • “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
  • "Germany has no free speech and for good reason. We know in Germany and Austria where free speech can lead to: National Socialism." – Clemens Heni[1], founding Director of the Berlin International Center for the Study of Anti-semitism.

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