Speech That Matters

Canavan, Francis
September 1999
Society;Sep/Oct99, Vol. 36 Issue 6, p11
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the First Amendment to the American Constitution that guarantees the freedom of speech and press. Most Americans wrongly believe that the First Amendment prohibits all restrictions on speech or publication imposed by anyone. The Amendment, actually, applies to the U.S. Congress, and not what private organizations or individuals do in regard to speech or publication. It transforms the freedom of speech into freedom of expression. However, freedom of speech and press cannot be easily condensed into absolute freedom of expression as it is too complex a nation.


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