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Eureka: 10 legal limits of freedom of speech Eureka: 10 legal limits of freedom of speech
by Akli Hadid
2018-08-18 09:19:20
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You are free to say whatever you want but...

1. You are free to say whatever you want but... causing a riot is illegal in many states and countries. That is if you make fun of people's religious beliefs, gender, ethnicity, or economic situation, you could get in legal trouble if what you said causes a riot. If people go out and break things and demonstrate because of what you said, you could get in legal trouble.

fredom1_4002. You are free to say whatever you want but... causing a diplomatic incident is illegal in many states and countries. If a foreign country takes sanctions or protests something you said, or if a foreign country is very offended by what you said, you could get in legal trouble.

3. You are free to say whatever you want but... indecent exposure is illegal in many states and countries. That is if you talk about your sex life in public, or talk about very private things that are considered of the level of intimacy, and that people are offended by your intimacy, you could get in legal trouble.

4. You are free to say whatever you want but... you are not allowed to make a category 1 threat against someone. A category 3 threat is one where you say “I will kill him” as a drunken rant. A category 2 threat is one where you say “I will kill him” and several times, but have no physical intention to do so. A category 1 threat is where you say “I will kill him” and have the means to do so.

5. You are free to say whatever you want but... you are not allowed to harm the physical wellbeing of someone. If you repeatedly harass someone to the point they suffer physically from your words and need hospital treatment, you could get in legal trouble.

6. You are free to say whatever you want but... you are not allowed to cause economic damage to a persron through your words. That is if you lie about a person and a company, and that they suffer economic damage, and that your words turned out being a lie, you could get in legal trouble.

7. You are free to say whatever you want but... if your words cause the death or serious injury of another person you could be in serious legal trouble. If you tell someone something that leads them to kill or hurt someone, you could be in legal trouble.

8. You are free to say whatever you want but... if a court calls you as a witness, you are not allowed to lie.

9. You are free to say whatever you want but... you are not allowed to harm the mental wellbeing of someone. If someone gets hospitalized as a mental patient after something you said, you could be in legal trouble.

10. Finally you are free to say whatever you want but... you are not allowed to act like there's a physical threat against people. That is if you prank a bank by pretending to be a bank robber, or prank the post office by pretending to be a robber, or prank a board room by pretending you are taking them hostage, you could get in legal trouble.

There are other quirks to the limits of freedom of speech. Say what you have to say, we all want to hear what you have to say, but keep in mind that speech is to a certain extent, depending on the country or circumustances, protected by the law.


   
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