“If freedom of opinion, in the sense we understand it, is the right of every citizen, by what mode of reasoning can that right be denied to an assemblage of Citizens? (Foner 144). In this quote stated by the Democratic-Republican Society of Pennsylvania says that freedom of opinion should not be denied to citizens. Public opinion is important in a democracy because the people are the ultimate source of power. Therefore, any governmental official has to take public opinion into account, but it does not mean that they always do what people want.
As Malaysian citizens, besides having the right to say and express whatever we want, we also have the right to assemble peaceably and we also have the right to form associations however it also being stated in Article 10 (2) (a) (b) (c) that the parliament has the right to impose restrictions on these rights. It is true that Malaysians get to enjoy the freedom of speech and expression as stated in the Federal Constitution but this freedom is restricted and these restrictions are the exception, permitted only to protect: the rights or reputations of others, national security, public order, public health and morals. This simply means that as Malaysian citizens, we do have the right to say and express whatever we want as long as it does not break the rules or regulations
Besides an individual enjoying the protections of free speech, commercial speech is also protected (Hall, 2014). The billboard is artistic, visual, and written, which are all protected forms of speech (Hall, 2014). Although it is more regulated, especially commercial speech as it applies to politics, the advertisement would be protected so long as it is not obscene, threatening, or compromise a valid interest of the government (Hall,
• Civil liberty are citizen’s freedom to exercise customary rights such as freedom of speech without government interference. • In U.S. this right are guaranteed by the laws of the country commonly known as the Bill of Rights. • For instance the government in U.S cannot interfere in an individuals freedom of worship or freedom of speech. • Civil liberties are rooted in the Bills of Rights which limits the power of the government. • Civil liberty are established for the good of the community.
Freedom of speech and expression is regarded as the first condition of liberty. Freedom of speech plays a crucial role in the formation of public opinion on social, political and economic matters. It embraces within its scope, the freedom of propagation and interchange of ideas, dissemination of information which would help formation of one’s opinion and viewpoint and debates on matters of public concerns.  Freedom of speech and expression implies the right to express one 's own convictions and opinions freely by words of mouth, writing, printing, pictures or any other mode. The phrase ‘speech and expression’ used in Article 19(1)(a) has broad connotation.
Imposition on Human Rights The modern conception of civil liberties involves a long list of individual rights which include the right to liberty and security of person, rights to property and privacy, right to a fair trial and the rights to free speech. These civil and political rights are now framed as “human rights” and are protected by numerous international treaties. Freedom of movement is also broadly recognised in international law and bills of rights. Article 13 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within borders of each state. Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights declares that ‘Everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his residence.’ Governments and then subsequently the courts, have a duty to ensure that a person 's freedom of movement is not unjustifiably restricted by others, including persons or companies.
Borders of the First Amendment are at the center of the legal debates about free speech and hate speech. While free speech is considered to be a basic right, as the Supreme Court has given the right to free speech. However, when such "free speech" crosses the line and becomes a threat, the courts have stepped in and punished the speaker. First Amendment does not protect free speech that has the intention of doing harm or damage. Many people believe that the First Amendment gives the people right to say whatever they want but it’s not true.
What is free speech? According to, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1949, article 19, saying “everyone has the right of freedom of their own opinion and expression”. Here are my thoughts people should be able to speak on the government policies publicly without being hurt because the first amendment protects them. Still, not everyone is entitled to speak and articulate what they want to say, because it may cause trouble. According to the article “Free Speech on Campus in Constant Crisis” by A.K.
The press includes any form of media that can inform others about current events, some examples of press are newspapers, radio, the news on your television, and much more. The freedom is included in our First Amendment, and the clause forbids the censorship of the press. This means that the government is unable to control what said by the media. This helps citizen be informed about political problems, even though they may not be the best for elected officials. A quote from Thomas Jefferson explains freedom of the press, “...[W]ere it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, i should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Jefferson is simply explaining that he would rather have newspapers without a government, because our press informs us what is current in our government.
For better or worse, we are inextricably linked to the media. We are now living a media culture and its influence is becoming very pervasive (Mohd Hamdan Adnan 2003) There is one law in Malaysia that protects media freedom, Article 10 of the Constitution. It also notes that there are limits to this freedom, and these limits are, generally, defined by the Government. Media freedom is defined the freedom of communicating and expressing through media including various electronic media and published materials. Freedom of the press is essential to democracy, but like other freedoms, it may also complicate the governing process.
Perhaps the most obvious rights Americans enjoy are acquired from the freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and press guaranteed in the First Amendment. It is this amendment that gives America its environment of freedom, because if expression were restrained, oppression of the people would soon imitate. As George Washington said, "If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." When the people can 't voice their perspectives, tyranny begins. The government cannot take control over my opinions and thoughts.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right of “freedom of speech” Bill of Rights, n.d., p. 1). It was designed to guarantee a free exchange of ideas, even if the ideas are unpopular. One of the most controversial free speech issues involves hate speech. Hate speech is a public expression of discrimination against a vulnerable group, based on “race, ethnicity, religion,” and sexual orientation (Karman, 2016, p. 3940). Under the First Amendment there is no exception to hate speech; although, hateful ideas are protected just as other ideas.
The First Amendment guarantees of free speech are a treasured part of the American tradition and set us apart from almost every other country. Many democratic countries support free speech. However, hate speech is not considered part of it and is prohibited under human rights standards. In sharp contrast, US continues to support its position that all hate speech bans violate the First Amendment. The US is the only country from the commonwealth countries where intended provocation to racial hatred is constitutionally protected speech, believing such matter of principle is wrong and ineffective.
In the Constitution Freedom of the press protects the right to obtain and publish information or opinions without government censorship or fear of punishment. One regulation I thknk the government should have on freedom of press is if an article is deemed as slander or violates a federal law than I think the government should be in control. However, if we allow government to control this freedom completely than how would we know if the news was legitimate or just what the government wants us to hear. In totalitarian regimes to create rule, the government inevitably controls the information to which the public can access. This is a huge problem to because it allows the government to determine what is worthy of the news.
In addition, the new Constitution balances the power of every branches of the government(legislature, judicial, executive), but under the Articles of Confederation the legislature branch takes all the power or all- powerful; and that does not make the nation become unite. Now, we must ratify our new Constitution for the good of our nation to be unite. First, in order for us to be united is to ratify the new Constitution and of the new Constitution the federal will be strong to preserve our freedom, promote our trade and protect our property; that 's something that our people and our nation really needs. But in order for us to preserve our freedom we