Freedom of speech

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Caricature "the naughty children", 1849. The inscriptions read: "Freedom of the press", "freedom of petition", "freedom of assembly", "freedom of speech" and "freedom of association". The map in the background bears the headline "Prussia".

The freedom of expression or the freedom of speech is one of the core freedoms of any society that strives to be free. It refers to the ability of any individual or group of individuals to be able to express themselves in any way which doesn't harm others without any punishment or fear of retaliation.


Darwin (Australia) Magistrate Daynor Trigg was reported to have said:

"There is also the potential that the written word may encourage someone to act out what they’ve read."

Noam Chomsky:

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

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