Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:
“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.”
Freedom of speech is said to contribute to the “marketplace of ideas,” a concept popularized by John Stuart Mill..
So, who in the world is being denied this right, and why? To what extent is the right protected by different legal systems? How do different cultures view freedom of speech? Are there appropriate restrictions of speech? Are there data supporting the theoretical benefits of free speech?
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