Freedom of Expression
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This paper explains that, because the laws of all three nations-the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada-are based on the same underlying body of law, loosely described as English jurisprudence-the right to freedom of speech/expression in all three is quite similar. This paper compares the three country's laws and regulations regarding this issue.
From the Paper:"A flap in town council demonstrates the principle of free speech as practiced in the U.K. As the result of an insult flung about in the council chambers, one of the government/political people attending said something to a reporter "no gentleman would say." The commentator on the incident noted that both politicians and journalists can play rough, and, to the public mind, it is a non-starter as an issue. However, a piece of legislation was in place that was causing some discussion concerning the insulter's right to make the insult. "The real villain of the piece is an item of legislation entitled-soporifically-The Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) (England) Order 200." It contains a section demanding that members of city councils must "treat others with respect." This makes politeness mandatory, which also, then, limits how one may express one's self, at least if one is a council member in Great Britain. Moreover, the demand to express thoughts only in a polite manner extends to 'others' and not just voters or officials...anyone and everyone, obviously at all times. This law only applies to council members: One assumes that, except where specifically codified into law, other citizens of the U.K. can be verbally disrespectful if they wish."
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