Profanity Vs. Freedom Of Speech

Arizona’s government is proposing Bill 254, which will regulate profanity online. The motivation behind the bill is to keep kids safe from cyber-bullying, and online predators.

There are a few arguments that have arisen in response to this potential bill. It breaches freedom of speech. What would count as profanity? The bill describes it as language intended to terrorize, threaten, harass, offend, or even annoy. It also mentions the unlawfulness of disturbing the peace, quiet or privacy of any person. These conditions are very broad, and could make for some messy convictions.

The bill is still awaiting approval from the Governor, so it isn’t in place yet. What do you think about the bill?

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)