Journal article

Assuming Free Speech

Andrew T Kenyon

The Modern Law Review | WILEY | Published : 2014


Free speech is commonly seen in negative terms as a limitation on government action that restricts speech. Although there have long been arguments that government also has an obligation to act in support of free speech - in part because common free speech rationales appear to involve more than a negative right - much free speech law adopts a negative understanding. This article examines assumptions within negative approaches to free speech and finds little reason to support the idea that free speech exists primarily when the state is not directly limiting speech. On this analysis, arguments about free speech should be reframed. New questions would emerge about what legal limitations and obli..

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