Freedom Of Expression

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Free speech: Protecting citizens’ voices advances societies

While many countries punish citizens for expressing their views, the United States protects freedom of speech as vital to democracy.
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Condemning violence, nations call for democracy in Burma

The United States and a growing number of nations are condemning the military coup in Burma and supporting the rights of peaceful protesters.
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Freedom of speech is not just about words [video]

In the United States, freedom of speech extends beyond spoken words. See the many forms of expression that are protected by the U.S. Constitution.
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How do journalists win Pulitzers?

Pulitzer Prizes recognize impactful American journalism, whether it's in the form of words, cartoons, photos or the spoken word. Learn why that matters.
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Pompeo urges U.S. colleges to defend academic freedom

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo urged U.S. universities to protect academic freedom from the Chinese Communist Party's attempts to undermine it.
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Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela strike out against free speech

The authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are cracking down on their citizens' freedoms of speech and of the press.
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Promoting human rights is essential to U.S. policy

Almost 80 years after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous Four Freedoms speech, the United States continues to champion human rights abroad.
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Democracies condemn Beijing’s continued crackdown in Hong Kong

Beijing's crackdown on democracy continues with the disqualification of several pro-democracy lawmakers from the Hong Kong legislature.
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Rights groups call for independent investigation of Iran’s atrocities

Human rights groups are calling for an independent inquiry into violence against Iranian protesters. Read more about calls for transparency in Iran.