In a four to five page paper, please discuss one of the following topics in relation to the concepts covered in this course:
- The act of flag burning
- Burning of a Cross
- Ban on Prayer in the School System, Sports Events
- Freedom of Speech on the Internet, Legal?
Make sure your paper follows APA formatting and citing guidelines, and make sure you use a LEGAL analysis method.
If you have an alternate topic you would like to explore that is not on this list, you must email your instructor for approval of the topic.
|Grading Criteria Assignments||Maximum Points|
|Meets or exceeds established assignment criteria||40|
|Demonstrates an understanding of lesson concepts||20|
|Clearly presents well-reasoned ideas and concepts||30|
|Uses proper mechanics, punctuation, sentence structure and spelling||10|
Explanation & Answer
Running head: FREEDOM TO EXPRESS ONLINE
Freedom of Speech on the Internet, Legal?
FREEDOM TO EXPRESS ONLINE
Freedom of speech on the Internet is legitimate
Freedom of expression, whether offline or online, is a fundamental human right, as well
as an ultimate element of a democratic and civil society. In this vein, pluralistic and independent
media are critical to an open and free society and responsible systems of governance. The
Internet is an open public forum in which people are legally allowed to freely express their
opinion as enshrined in the First Amendment of the US constitution and the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) (Hudson, 2019). The study aims to offer a synopsis of
legal provisions concerning the freedom of speech on the Internet and to validate that free speech
on the Internet is permissible, but there are extremes not backed up by law.
The First Amendment
Freedom of speech, according to the First Amendment and the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights (UDHR), is a constitution right, which mostly applies to the offline freedom
expression while doing little on the Internet purview. While the First Amendment justifies
peoples’ right to express themselves; there are limits to freedom of speech (Khoury, 2018). As
such, the government is restricted from unreasonably prohibiting people from expressing
themselves. As a result, freedom of speech does not apply to an extent it incites violence or
makes valid threats to violence. Therefore, the First Amendment and UDHR do not protect
people on the Internet if the created content is demagogic or can harm other people or infringe on