Infinity asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

When was free speech first possible in England?

When was free speech first possible in a "speakers corner" in England?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    In England since 1872

  • 6 months ago

    free speech is a loaded question - for the gentry it's always so, until they come up against a higher power base.

  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    In 1872 an act of parliament made a corner of hyde park free for public speaking, although it had been used for speakers to protest from the early 1800's.

  • Not
    Lv 4
    6 months ago

    Speech has never been free. You are only allowed to say what people can tolerate. Sometimes people are more tolerable, sometimes less, either way speaking to a crowd requires you to adapt to you audience. The only place where you can speak freely is on the internet as an anonymous person. Never speak about taboos in public.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    In theory since the earliest Church Laws in the mid Anglo-Saxon period when free speech in the confines of a churchyard (obviously not in the church) was permitted.

    However blasphemy and sedition were not tolerated until relatively modern times (although prosecution was rare).

  • 6 months ago

    Deny the Holocaust in England and see how their "free speech" works.

    • There are no laws against Holocaust denial in England or any of the other constituent parts of the United Kingdom.

  • 6 months ago

    In 1872. A little history on this link:

    http://www.speakerscorner.net/

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    After land reforms and WW1 before then, it didn't exist many went to the USA illegally because of it.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    England's Bill of Rights 1689 legally established the constitutional right of freedom of speech in Parliament which is still in effect.

    People who were hanged at the Tyburn gallows on the Oxford Road could traditionally make a speech before being hanged. This is close to the spot which is now Speakers Corner and was designated as a place for public speaking in 1872.

    But if you could steer your way around the Libel Acts of 1792 et seq you were free to say what you liked. Under the 1843 Act the Marquess of Queensbury was free to publicly declared Oscar Wilde a sodomite, since his lawyers could marshal enough evidence to prove it to be true.

  • 6 months ago

    Mid 19th century...Sadly we have gone back to the middle ages on free speech

    • Tina
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      What makes you think that people were not allowed free speech in the Middle Ages?

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