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CHAPTER 4

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Nelson Mandela exercising his right to free speech

Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech is Neda, shot by militia, blood flowing from her eyes and mouth as she died on the streets of Tehran in 2009. It’s peaceful protesters being attacked with dogs during the civil rights marches in America in 1965, and it’s people in India walking headfirst into club-wielding police in 1930. Freedom of speech is the right to communicate how we honestly feel about something peacefully.

The main opponents of free speech are those who suffer from weakness and insecurity: politicians who are afraid that their corruption will be revealed, families who are ...

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