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Free Speech and Ethics

by: Ottis Vandervort

Free Speech and Ethics COMM 454

Ottis Vandervort
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ottis Vandervort on Monday September 28, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to COMM 454 at George Mason University taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 94 views. For similar materials see /class/215184/comm-454-george-mason-university in Communication at George Mason University.


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Date Created: 09/28/15
SARAH JONES JENNY WALKER ELYSIA BRAUN ALLISON URQUIETA MICHELLE LABRECQUE Comm 45492203 Timeline ENGLAND 1215 Signing of the Magna Carta 1275 Sedition prohibited by statute 1520 Clergy established a system of licensing 1531 Henry VIII established combination of church and state 1535 Private libel cases being heard 1538 Proclamation of1538 Henry VIII took over the licensing system 1542 Privy Council established to control seditious speech 1557 Mary I establishes England s first copyright law ownership of copyright given to Company of Stationers 1620 Proclamation against excess of Lavish and Licentious speech of matters of state by James I freedom only to clergy and monarch 1689 English Bill of Rights expanded free speech to parliament 1694 Licensing control ended in England 1710 Statute of Anne parliament approved lSt legislative copyright act 1774 Ownership given to authors 1792 F ox s libel act truth accepted as a defense 1832 Reform bill of1832 sedition trials diminished 1857 Parliament recognized commonlaw crime of obscene libel with obscene publications act 1868 Regine vs Hicklin established Hicklin rule for determining obscenity UNITED STATES 1612 Governor Thomas Dale of Virginia demonstrated authority over church amp state with Lawes of Divine Moral and Martial placing restrictions on communicators 1620 Captain Henry Spellman initiated the practice of legislative supremacy regarding freedom of speech I 1635 Baptist Roger Williams is banished for dangerous opinions against the government and advocating church and state is publicized and scrutinized 1646 Adopted the Act Against Heresy which punished people who denied the immortality of the soul resurrection or the need for repentance 1649 Act of T oleration announced the death penalty and forfeiture of property for any person who committed blasphemous libel 1682 The Great Law of1682 William Penn s State declared that profanity be punished and church attendance be required to prevent blasphemy 1720 Prior Restraint Upon Printing was adopted to license the press in the colonies 1725 Licensing Control is no longer an issue in America 1788 Constitution of the United States is put into effect guaranteeing celtajn civil liberties


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