Should freedom of expression be limited in some cases?

We will read read the handout Graphic Organizer-Contrasting Views on Human Rights about  Skokie, Illinois, 1977


  • What are the limits to Freedom of Speech?
  • What is considered hate speech?

Part 2:


  • What is satire, and what is its purpose?
  • What is the role of media in the freedom of speech debate?
  • Is Freedom of Speech relative to specific cultures?
  • How has freedom of speech changed in the globalized world?

What is Charlie Hebdo?

Then, in groups of 7 or 8, each person read one of the sources about the  Paris, attacks of 2015 and debate the issues of freedom of speech brought up by a publication like Charlie Hebdo. Make sure that each person has a chance to express the perspective of their source.

Ideas to consider:

  • Is Charlie Hebdo Hate speech?
  • Did their cartoons go too far? Did they incite violence?
  • Should religion be protected against hate speech?
  • Should religious taboos be protected against hate speech?
  • What are the limits of free speech?

Part 3:

Write a short editorial in answer to one of the newspapers in the handout expressing your opinion on whether ‘Freedom of Expression’ should be limited based on what happened in Paris.

  • Post it on your blog and share the link with me here. 
  • 200 words or less
  • You do not need a bibliography but you may mention sources to strengthen your argument
  • Make sure you directly address a specific source
  • You do not need to explain the events, or have an introduction and conclusion. Dive right into it!
  • TSC Criteria D, Critical Thinking
  • Due Monday May 29th. You will have one more period to work on this if need be. 

Editorial: An editorial is one of the writing styles used to express an opinion or reaction to timely news, an event, or an issue of concern. Most editorials are used to influence readers to think or act the same way the writer does. Your argument should be strong and be backed up with accurate details that show that the opposing argument(s) contain weaknesses. You must take a side, do not waffle or be wishy-washy, stick to your argument or opinion, and be clear and forceful.  Most important is organization. An editorial has little room in which to deliver its message. The structure must be well worked out and follow a logical sequence.