When Should Freedom of Speech be Curtailed

This is a topic that I want to bring up for general discussion.

Yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre has been a valid reason to limit the protection granted under Freedom of Speech but what about newspapers, press syndicates, bloggers or news agents?    These mediums can cause great havoc but do they have any due diligence standards?  Should the burden of proof be on the disseminator of the news or on the so called “victim”?    In order to determine this we need to look at one case in particular…..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_P._Johnson

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=861&dat=19760301&id=KWIdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=i1sEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4489,134604

 

To be continued……

 

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