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The freedom of expression or the freedom of speech is one of the core freedoms of any society that strives to be free. It refers to the ability of any individual or group of individuals to be able to express themselves in any way which doesn't harm others without any punishment or fear of retaliation.

As with all freedoms, expressions of them that cause harm are not considered freedom, but crimes, and they must be balanced with other freedoms. A free society is free to act against harm, and anything less is unethical.

See also: censorship


Darwin (Australia) Magistrate Daynor Trigg was reported to have said:

"There is also the potential that the written word may encourage someone to act out what they’ve read."

Noam Chomsky:

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

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