Freedom of speech is the concept of the inherent human right to voice one's opinion publicly without fear of censorship or punishment. "Speech" is not limited to public speaking and is generally taken to include other forms of expression. The right is preserved in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 19) and is granted formal recognition by the laws of most nations. Nonetheless the degree to which the right is upheld in practice varies greatly from one nation to another. In many nations, particularly those with relatively authoritarian forms of government, overt government censorship is enforced.
Protests over anti-Islam film continue to spread
Protests against a film which denigrates the Prophet Mohammad continued on Sunday, with protesters in Iran, Lebanon and Greece calling for the film-makers to face punishment.
Pussy Riot supporter priest to be defrocked
A priest who supported the (punk band) Pussy Riot protesters, whose imprisonment in Russia sparked condemnation in many parts of the world, is to be defrocked by the Russian orthodox church.
Vietnam jails bloggers for spreading "propaganda against the State"
Three Vietnamese bloggers have been jailed for between four and 12 years as officials continue to clamp down on criticism of the government.
QUESTION: Since "Freedom of Speech" is not only the First Amendment right of every American citizen, but also the Right of every Citizen in every UN Country; how should we respond - collectively - when that right is threatened and/or challenged by other nations and citizens?
(* Use facts & logic in your reasoning.__+Bonus points for identifying rhetorical fallacies *)
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