Freedom of Expression is most at risk when a speaker wishes to communicate about a subject related to deeply held beliefs, convictions, public policies or values. These are considered controversial subjects.

Speaking Of  a controversial subject is when any individual is most likely to face tactics of silencing.  Following are case examples of freedom of expression and Speaking Of.

Systemic Faithism

Public-funding of religion in schools is, in several countries around the world, a long-standing human rights violation.  While public funding of religion in schools is not necessarily a freedom of expression matter – when individuals wish to publicly oppose the public funding of religion in schools, silencing tactics may quickly come into effect.

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Occasionally, even the appearance of expressing a controversial opinion is enough to generate silencing tactics from government and community members.  In Canada, there have been several cases of revoked or banned vehicle license plates based on controversial subjects.

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