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  1. The different form that can take an expression
  2. Three categories of expression by the European Court
  3. The limit of the freedom of expression

The freedom of expression is one of the things that calls for conflicts. It is not permitted in the dictatorship in order to speak about everything. It is observed that very many subjects are forbidden. An example of a forbidden topic is the critical opinion on the power, on religion. The Handyside case states that the freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society. Further, it is the right which serves as one of the basic conditions for the country's progress and for the overall development of every human being. Subject to paragraph 2 of article 10, it is applicable not only to ?information' or ?ideas' that offend shock or disturb the state or any sector of the population. These are the demands that pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no existence of a ?democratic society.' It is ideal and an applicable situation that each society tries to look for its right to speech. However, it is complicated because this right of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) can be in conflict with other rights. For example, the right to fair trials or right to private life. Your freedom is limited by the rights of the others. So there is always some choice to make and the question is which one is the most important right to embark upon? Freedom of expression is often put aside. Therefore, if this right is put aside too often, the right becomes empty in its meaning.

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