|This Time It's Permanent
||[Jun. 19th, 2007|03:30 pm]
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I didn't specifically say my complaints were about freedom of speech (indeed that's a peculiarly American idea).
First Amendment is pretty unique in the world. A lot of people have issues with the poor customer service angle, rather than 'freedom of speech' per se.
No, not really. Free speech is part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it's also a requirement for entry into the EU.
Actually freedom of expression if part of the bill of rights in the UK.
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.
It was my understanding that some blasphemy laws still exist in the UK, and the swastika has been banned in Germany since the end of WWII. The US 1st Amendment is more far-reaching than many similar laws.
Not practically though. Governments in the US have no problem restricting speech. See 'free speech zones', restrictions on commercial speech, the US' frequent low position on journalistic freedom indices, prohibitions on importing obscene content, the FCC, etc. etc.