First Amendment

Freedom of speech is a longstanding value of American jurisprudence that is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Originally a virtue of English common law dating back to the Magna Carter, free speech of both personal expression and “of the press” is highly esteemed as a fundamental tenet of democratic republics around the world. From a legal sense, the liberty to express oneself freely means that governments cannot prosecute a person for speech (journaling, video recording, art, music) that might offend or expose wrongdoing among the state or a private entity.
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Constitution of United States of America 1789 (rev. 1992)
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Amendment I
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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