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Circles of CensorshipCensorship and its Metaphors in French History, Literature, and Theory$
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Nicholas Harrison

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159094

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159094.001.0001

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Freedom of Expression in History and in Theory

Freedom of Expression in History and in Theory

(p.9) 1. Freedom of Expression in History and in Theory
Circles of Censorship

Nicholas Harrison

Oxford University Press

Sade gave much importance to the fact that man's rights included the right of free communication of opinions and thoughts. The Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen was constructed on 16 August 1789, and this comprised the foundation of the 3 September 1791 constitution. The notion of having the freedom of expression was furthered through the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and was ratified in France in 1975. With the liberté d'expression as its main principle, the article was also able to establish some of the other relevant details in which this concept is considered less than absolute. This chapter demonstrates the rhetoric of freedom of expression as shown in the Déclaration.

Keywords:   human rights, freedom of expression, Déclaration, rhetoric, liberté d'expression

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