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Freedom of Expression

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  1. Introduction
  2. Freedom of speech is vital in democracy
  3. Handyside v United Kingdom (1976) ECHR
  4. R v Gibson [1990] 595 3 WLR
  5. Conclusion

Freedom of expression is outlined in article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights and is arguably one of the most important rights that we are granted by the Convention. Through this right we are able to promote truth, democracy and self-fulfilment, which collectively promote the idea of teleological rights that aim to deliver good to society. One of the reasons the right is listed in the Convention is to enhance the liberty and autonomy of individuals.

The concept of truth is very important when considering liberty and autonomy as it enables us to develop a market place of ideas, which are based upon the truthful factual views that have been put forward by the individual. By collating the views of others we are able to enhance our own individual personal autonomy by considering what other people believe, thus enhancing our own choices and knowledge in order to make a decision that we feel is right.

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