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England[ edit ] During colonial timesEnglish speech regulations were rather restrictive. The English criminal common law of seditious libel made criticizing the government a crime.
Lord Chief Justice John Holt, writing in —, explained the rationale for the prohibition: Until England had an elaborate system of licensing; no publication was allowed without the accompaniment of the government-granted license.
Colonies[ edit ] The colonies originally had different views on the protection of free speech. During English colonialism in America, there were fewer prosecutions for seditious libel than England, but other controls over dissident speech existed. The most stringent controls on speech in the colonial period were controls that outlawed or otherwise censored speech that was considered blasphemous in a religious sense.
A Massachusetts law, for example, punished persons who denied the immortality of the soul. Ina Virginia governor declared the death penalty for a person that denied the Trinity under Virginia's Laws Divine, Moral and Martial, which also outlawed blasphemy, speaking badly of ministers and royalty, and "disgraceful words".
Andrew Hamilton represented Zenger and argued that truth should be a defense to the crime of seditious libel, but the court rejected this argument. Hamilton persuaded the jury, however, to disregard the law and to acquit Zenger. The case is considered a victory for freedom of speech as well as a prime example of jury nullification.
The case marked the beginning of a trend of greater acceptance and tolerance of free speech. First Amendment ratification[ edit ] In the s after the American Revolutionary Wardebate over the adoption of a new Constitution resulted in a division between Federalistssuch as Alexander Hamilton who favored a strong federal government, and Anti-Federalistssuch as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry who favored a weaker federal government.
During and after the Constitution ratification process, Anti-Federalists and state legislatures expressed concern that the new Constitution placed too much emphasis on the power of the federal government.
The drafting and eventual adoption of the Bill of Rightsincluding the First Amendmentwas, in large part, a result of these concerns, as the Bill of Rights limited the power of the federal government. Alien and Sedition Acts[ edit ] See also: The laws prohibited the publication of "false, scandalous, and malicious writings against the government of the United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States, or the President of the United States, with intent to defame The law did allow truth as a defense and required proof of malicious intent.
The Act nevertheless made ascertainment of the intent of the framers regarding the First Amendment somewhat difficult, as some of the members of Congress that supported the adoption of the First Amendment also voted to adopt the Act.
The Federalists under President John Adams aggressively used the law against their rivals, the Democratic-Republicans. The Alien and Sedition Acts were a major political issue in the electionand after he was elected President, Thomas Jefferson pardoned those who had been convicted under the Act.
The Act expired and the Supreme Court never ruled on its constitutionality. In New York Times v. Sullivanthe Court declared "Although the Sedition Act was never tested in this Court, the attack upon its validity has carried the day in the court of history.
Censorship in the United States From the late s to the mids, various laws restricted speech in ways that are today not allowed, mainly due to the influence of Christianity. Possibly inspired by foul language and the widely available pornography he encountered during the American Civil WarAnthony Comstock advocated for government suppression of speech that offended Victorian morality.
City and state governments monitored newspapers, bookstheater, comedy acts, and films for offensive content, and enforced laws with arrests, impoundment of materials, and fines.
The Comstock laws passed by Congress and related state laws prohibited sending materials through the U. Regulation of American film by state and local governments was supplemented by the Motion Picture Production Code from to toin an industry effort to preempt federal regulation.
The similar industry-backed Comics Code Authority lasted from to - The ’s was a difficult time for the United States of America as it was the time period where they went into the American Civil War. At a time of slavery and many conflicting ideas, the United States was falling apart and at its most divided time ever.
Over time, it has made the United States an example, inspiring democratic movements in other countries, and has provided justification for American interference in the affairs of other countries in the name of bringing them freedom. In the United States, freedom of speech and expression is strongly protected from government restrictions by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, many .
The United States was the first country to adopt a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the law is actively used by journalists, civil society groups, researchers, and members of the public. While government agencies’ performance in responding to FOIA requests has been problematic in recent years, a reform law was designed to ease.
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In fact, the very first laws in colonial-era America forbade wifebeating. The "Body of Liberties" adopted by the Massachusetts Bay.