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Freedom of expression

  • Period: Mar 7, 1000 to

    History of Freedom of Expression

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Regarded as the cornerstone of liberty in England
  • Bill of Rights: England

    Bill of Rights grants 'freedom of speech in Parliament' after James II is overthrown and William and Mary installed as co-rulers
  • Déclaration des droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen

    The French Declaration of the Rights of Men and Citizens was adopted. Fundamental document of the French Revolution; provides freedom of speech for men.
  • Bill of Rights: US

    The original 10 amendments of the North American Bill of Rights. Guarantees four freedoms: of religion, speech, the press and the right to assemble.
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    It urges member nations to promote human, civil, economic and social rights, including freedom of expression and religion. Was adopted virtually unanimously by the UN General Assembly.
  • USA Patriot Act

    In the wake of 9/11, the Patriot Act gives the US government new powers to investigate individuals suspected of being a threat, raising fears for civil liberties.
    The title of the Act is a contrived three letter initialism (USA) preceding a seven letter acronym (PATRIOT), which in combination stand for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001
  • Death of Theo van Gogh

    Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh is killed after release of his movie about violence against women in Islamic societies
  • Start Danish Cartoons - controversy

    The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began after 12 editorial cartoons, most of which depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Start of discussions involving freedom of expression, freedom of religion and blasphemy.