The Extent of Freedom of Speech
The Extent of Freedom of Speech Go to c-span.org. Search for “Press Freedom and Radicalism”. Listen to the presentations of Sylvie Kauffman, Floyd Abrams, and Bret Stephens. (Approximately 78 minutes) The issue that became the catalyst for this conference was the bombing of a satirical magazine (Charlie Hebdo) and a Jewish delicatessen in Paris. Incorporate the following questions into an essay. Do not use a bullet format but create an essay that incorporates each question into the overall body of your paper. After you write the assignment, submit your paper online in the links provided. Say what you feel. There are no right or wrong answers. From the video, how have Europeans sought to address the problem of freedom of speech? What unique historical and cultural events have contributed to the European view of free speech? E.g. Charlie Hebdo (You can view Charlie Hebdo cartoons on the internet. But remember many of them can be very offensive.) What did Floyd Abrams mean by the First Principles of First Amendment Law? What is hate speech? Should the U.S. impose a ban on hate speech? Be sure to develop your argument for or against a ban. What is meant by the heckler’s veto? Be sure to give examples and explain how your examples reflect the above idea. Should there be limits placed on free speech on the internet? (Especially in the light of terrorism, or the current political season) Provide a reasoned rationale for your point of view.
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