Social and Ethical Issues in Communication

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The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states:

“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.”

While this allows open speech to the public, not all types of speech pose socially or ethically appropriate. Hate, libel, slander, pornographic, or obscene public expression is considered a threat to the political, social, or moral order. Censorship by higher authority restricts those threats as a preventative measure, however, spring controversy that challenges the peoples' right to the First Amendment.

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