Free speech gets a week

October 20, 2009
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Most Americans should know they have the freedom of speech, thanks to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but they may not know there’s a week commemorating the right.


This week marks the annual National Freedom of Speech Week, always celebrated during the third week in October. It was created by the Media Institute, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Based on the NFSW Web site, http://www.nfsw.org, it appears the Media Institute wants to keep reminding the public of their right to free speech and why it’s important we have that freedom. It encourages people to write a poem, keep a journal, or speak out at a rally.


Even the American Bar Association is promoting the week by creating a page on their Web site dedicated to the event. It has a mini-quiz with legal questions relating to the First Amendment.


We probably take for granted our freedom of speech in America because we can pretty much say whatever we want (with some restrictions, of course). We know we have the freedom of speech, but the general public probably doesn’t realize what that exactly means and what the limitations on it are.


There are various special days or weeks that recognize our rights as Americans, such as NFSW and Constitution Day. Do you think these are effective in educating the public on their rights found in the Constitution?

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