Freedom of Speech: A Comparative Study between The U.S. and Iraq
The value of free speech comes from the constitutional protection, and the way of providing this right within the
constitutional framework. The American Constitution has protected this right in an absolute language, which restricts the
government to not impose any limitations on the right of freedom of speech, unless with having a compelling governmental
interest. In comparison with the U.S., the Iraqi Constitution has restricted freedom of speech, which allows the government
to put limitations on this fundamental right. Consequently, a number of legislationhas been adopted in Iraq in a way that
conflicted with free speech. Hence, for returning the value of free speech, such those legislations must be changed under the
current international principles.
Keywords: Fundamental right, constitutional protection, Limitation, Public interest, Morality.