Persuasive Essay On First Amendment Rights

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"Freedom of expression is a fundamental component to our democracy protected under the First Amendment. This protection affords individuals the right to express opinion through speech, writing or any media of their choice, without fear of prosecution; however, these rights are not absolute. The expression must not trample upon the rights of others. In order to secure our nation and ensure everyone’s rights are preserved, reasonable restrictions must be in place. As society and technology have evolved, the Supreme Court has applied the First Amendment’s protections to adapting forms of expression never before imagined by our founding fathers. In order to safeguard our rights and freedoms in today’s society, the adaptation of these protections must extend to the modern age of the Internet.…show more content…
Homes wrote, “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic”, (Schenck v. United States, 1919). The decision goes on to explain that the First Amendment does not protect false speech, intended to cause harm to others. Additionally, congress has introduced laws to protect national security interests by criminalizing the disclosure of information classified by our government as sensitive and vital to our national defense (Elsea, 2006). When considering any limitation to privacy and freedom of expression, the United Nations Security Council recommends these restrictions meet the following criteria. Laws must define the restrictions; laws must preserve the essence of human rights; restrictions must be necessary to ensure a democratic society; restrictions must be necessary to achieve legitimate aim; and the restrictions must be the least intrusive instrument to achieve the objective and be proportionate to the interest to be protected (La Rue,

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