Freedom of Speech & Expression

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Lynne GolodnerFulbright Specialist Lynne Golodner is an award-winning author and entrepreneur with thousands of articles and eight books to her credit, including The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads (2013). Her boutique public relations firm, Your People LLC, uses a strategic mix of storytelling, relationships and higher purpose as the keys to building organizational success. In 2016, Lynne founded One Earth Writing, a 501c3 public charity that connects teens across racial, religious and socioeconomic divides through writing. Lynne is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., Communications/English) and Goddard College (MFA in Writing); she lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan with her husband and four children.
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Join the conversation about what freedom of speech/expression truly means.

An indivisible right constituting one of the essential foundations of a democratic society, freedom of expression is one of the basic conditions for its progress and for each individual’s self-fulfillment.


At an individual level, freedom of speech/expression is key to the development, dignity and fulfillment of every person.

  • People can gain an understanding of their surroundings and the wider world by exchanging ideas and information freely with others. This makes them more able to plan their lives and to work
  • People feel more secure and respected by the state if they are able to speak their minds.


At a national level, free speech/expression is necessary for economic and social progress of the information contributed to the quality of government.

  • In a democratic state, free speech/expression ensures that voters are able to form an opinion between political parties to form opinions about who is best qualified and to vote accordingly. Media scrutiny of the government prevents a culture of dishonesty.
  • If people can speak their minds without fear, and the media are allowed to report what is being said, the government can become aware of any concerns and address them.

The right to express one’s thoughts and to communicate freely with others allows each individual to realize his or her full human potential.