Freedom of speech

Freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental rights.

Without freedom of expression, we would not be able to obtain, receive or disseminate information about social problems. But nothing can be done in the name of freedom of expression. Expressions that violate the protection of privacy, non-discrimination or human dignity are not covered by freedom of expression.

Check out the concepts related to free speech below.

Imagine you are now ruler. You get to choose what to do in your country and what not. Justify your choice and tell us what it is like to live in your country. What things do you want to support in your country and what do you want out?

Do you know the terms?

censorship Prior checking and prevention

provocation - incitement, litigation

defamation - False information or hint about another person

criminal liability - concerns a person over the age of 15 who can be prosecuted and convicted of a criminal offense

propaganda - communication intended to influence the actions and ideas of recipients to the benefit of the sender of the message

discrimination - ill-treatment on the basis of a personal characteristic, such as age, language or religion

privacy policy - the right not to have one's private affairs disseminated to the public

freedom of speech - the right to receive and impart information and ideas of any kind

parity - the right to equal opportunities and participation in society

hate speech means - speech based on discrimination and prejudice

What is freedom of speech?

Everyone has a right opinion- Yes freedom of expression.

Freedom of speech is a citizen fundamental rights right express and receive their opinions in public. In Western democracies, the absence of pre-censorship is often perceived as the core content of freedom of expression.

However, there is also legislation restrictions freedom of expression when its use violates something else or oppresses human rights.

Freedom of speech is defined in various laws and treaties different ways. For example In the Finnish Constitution freedom of speech means the right to express and receive information and opinions without prejudice. European Convention on Human Rights according to freedom of speech is the right to freedom of opinion and expression; and the right to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers;.

Freedom of speech does not allow hate speech

The use of words not only describes the world, but words are also deeds.

We give to other people value in our words and by our actions, but in the same way we can deny the value of other people or groups of people.

If we make claims that not all people are equal because of their innate qualities or origins, or treat individuals as inferior or evil based on which group we think they belong to, then we are violating the dignity of another.

Any advocacy of racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility, or violence against others is prohibited by Finnish law.

International human rightsagreements guarantee freedom of expression, but they also secure privacy protection and innate dignity. National law must ensure that all the rights of every human being are protected by law.

Hate speech violates human dignity

In Finland hate propaganda the prohibition article has entered into force under the Criminal Code on incitement against a group of people. The purpose of these articles is not to restrict freedom of expression, but to defend each of our innate dignity.

Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right that must not be restricted arbitrarily, but it is not the only right. Human rights are a whole. We cannot focus on just one human right while violating other rights, just as we cannot violate the rights of other people under the guise of one person.