Category - Free Speech Storyline

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Fighting for Free Speech in World War I: Eugene Debs on the Homefront
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King Hammurabi’s Code
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John Milton’s Areopagitica
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Rights and Responsibilities in Reporting on Terrorism
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What is Free Speech?
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Germany’s Check on Free Speech

Fighting for Free Speech in World War I: Eugene Debs on the Homefront

One of the loudest voices of this period is Eugene Debs, outspoken proponent of labor unions and leader of the Socialist Party. Labeled a “traitor” by the Wilson administration, Debs takes the stand at Nimissila Park in Canton, Ohio. Before him stands a crowd of hundreds of anti-war protestors. Debs knows that he can, and probably will, be arrested for the comments he is about to make. However the self-proclaimed orator has made a name for himself by speaking out against injustice. He will not be silenced by anyone, not even his government.

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Rights and Responsibilities in Reporting on Terrorism

Freedom of speech in the media is one of the most crucial elements in preserving free speech in a society. Once the media is told to play by certain rules, free speech in the society is under threat. Still, one cannot help but wonder what role the media plays in the facilitation of terrorism. There are those who speak of “responsible free speech.” Does the media have a responsibility to ignore the personal details of attackers, or does it have the right to discover and publish that information?

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