A report on Freedom of speech and Obscenity

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)—Article 19 states that "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".
Cover of an undated American edition of Fanny Hill, c. 1910
Orator at Speakers' Corner in London, 1974
The 18th century book Fanny Hill has been subject to obscenity trials at various times (image: plate XI: The bathing party; La baignade)
Permanent Free Speech Wall in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Members of Westboro Baptist Church (pictured in 2006) have been specifically banned from entering Canada for hate speech.
Countries with laws against Holocaust denial
The Free Speech Flag was created during the AACS encryption key controversy as "a symbol to show support for personal freedoms".
Title page of Index Librorum Prohibitorum, or List of Prohibited Books, (Venice, 1564)
In Panegyricae orationes septem (1596), Henric van Cuyck, a Dutch Bishop, defended the need for censorship and argued that Johannes Gutenberg's printing press had resulted in a world infected by "pernicious lies"—so van Cuyck singled out the Talmud and the Qur'an, and the writings of Martin Luther, Jean Calvin and Erasmus of Rotterdam.
First page of John Milton's 1644 edition of Areopagitica, in which he argued forcefully against the Licensing Order of 1643
This 1688 edition of Jacobus de Voragine's Golden Legend (1260) was censored according to the Index Librorum Expurgatorum of 1707, which listed the specific passages of books already in circulation that required censorship
George Orwell statue at the headquarters of the BBC. A defence of free speech in an open society, the wall behind the statue is inscribed with the words "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear", words from George Orwell's proposed preface to Animal Farm (1945).
An "unexpurgated" edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1959)

In the United States, issues of obscenity raise issues of limitations on the freedom of speech and of the press, which are otherwise protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

- Obscenity

Freedom of speech and expression, therefore, may not be recognized as being absolute, and common limitations or boundaries to freedom of speech relate to libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, incitement, fighting words, hate speech, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, food labeling, non-disclosure agreements, the right to privacy, dignity, the right to be forgotten, public security, and perjury.

- Freedom of speech
Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)—Article 19 states that "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".

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1932 UK authorised edition

Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Last novel by English author D. H. Lawrence, which was first published privately in 1928, in Italy, and in 1929, in France.

Last novel by English author D. H. Lawrence, which was first published privately in 1928, in Italy, and in 1929, in France.

1932 UK authorised edition
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Translator Sei Itō (left) and his publisher Hisajirō Oyama (right) at the first Chatterley trial in Japan.

The book was also banned for obscenity in the United States, Canada, Australia, India and Japan.

Fred Kaplan of The New York Times stated the overturning of the obscenity laws "set off an explosion of free speech".