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freedom of speech

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    “You hear about constitutional rights, free speech, and the free press. Every time I hear these words I say to myself, “That man is a Red, that man is a Communist!” You never hear a real American talk like that.” —Frank Hague

    “Speech is civilization itself … It is silence which isolates.” —Thomas Mann

Constitutional examples

    [Constitution of the Nation of Pacifica, Article I, Section 1:] 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.
    Neither Congress nor any state shall make any law abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press.

    [Constitution of the United States of America, 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.

treaty examples

    [United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article I9:] 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.

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