freedom of speech

The freedom of speech is considered to be among the basic democratic rights of citizens in a free society. This freedom was revolutionary mainly that its proponents seek the prohibition of acts of censorship in many social institutions. Modern citizens may underestimate historically how normal it was for the government, the church, or the aristocracy to label many issues as forbidden.

"If you have no doubt of your premises or your power and want a certain result with all your heart you naturally express your wishes in law and sweep away all opposition." - Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Abrams v. United States (1919)

In modern democratic states, attempts at censorship has been largely replaced by manipulation of the press.

Recent Canadian freedom of speech cases:

see also: taboo, politically correct, freedom of information, freedom of the press, hate speech, censorship, political freedoms, media concentration