THE CORE IDEA OF freedom of speech is the freedom to express and communicate ideas and thoughts without fear of the consequences. In political contexts, such freedom includes the freedom of the press, the right to peaceable assembly, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, the right of free association and open access to public information. However, the legitimate extent of freedom of speech and what are good grounds for restricting it are highly controversial issues, especially when other key values are threatened, and when different cultures confront each other.
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