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Speech is already not as free as you might think

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 26 April 2018



Speech is already not as free as you might think
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 214
Posted DateThursday 26 April 2018 08:46 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I have written about freedom of speech in the past see Freedom of speech is more than just a value and continue to research and develop my thoughts for my blook - particularly in the context of the current discussions on hate speech and fake news.

Just how free should we be to express our opinions - however hateful or harmful?

Germany, for example, has a controversial new law that tries to control online hate speech: Free speech vs. censorship in Germany that many think goes too far. Hate speech is free speech

What I have found interesting though is that even in the US with its First Amendment, speech isn't as free as you might think: What Type of Speech Is Not Protected by the First Amendment?

The list of limitations is long including libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, incitement, fighting words, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements, public security, and perjury.

Like most things in life there are few absolutes Things are nuanced including freedom of speech.

Lest we go to far in limiting freedom of speech keep in mind Prof. Jordan Peterson's passionate defence of free speech.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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