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Resources on Free Speech and Censorship
What Does Free Speech Mean?
Among other cherished values, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech. The U.S. Supreme Court often has struggled to determine what exactly constitutes protected speech.
Bill of Rights
Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
page 4: Freedom of Speech & Press- Why Does it Matter?
In some countries, individuals can be prosecuted for criticizing the government or voicing unaccepted minority beliefs. But the founding fathers understood that a free government must guarantee individuals the right to express personal opinions.
The Federal Communications Commission and Freedom of Speech
...the courts have ruled that obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment and cannot be broadcast at any time.
Landmark Supreme Court Cases:
an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds.
any person who supervises the manners or morality of others.
the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts.
- suppressed or subject to censorship;
What is censorship?
Censorship, the suppression of words, images, or ideas that are "offensive," happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others.