Freedom of expression

Wed 14 January 2015

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The article 11 of the first Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) says:
La libre communication des pensées et des opinions est un des droits les plus précieux de l’Homme : tout Citoyen peut donc parler, écrire, imprimer librement, sauf à répondre de l’abus de cette liberté, dans les cas déterminés par la Loi.
It has been translated in the  article 19th of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948):
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

No one should be threaten by the expression of its idea for at least 2  reasons:

  • the most valuable way to argument against an idea is through debate
  • a argumentation faces an idea and not someone expessing an idea

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