Limitations on Constitutional Rights on Freedom of Speech Freedom of speech is one of the vital elements of democracy and it evaluates, in some portion, the position of any particular country in its establishing of democracy. In this research paper we will evaluate the current state of development of the freedom of speech in United States, South Africa and the Republic of Cameroon. At one hand United States has its Constitutional Rights on Freedom of Speech ratified in 1791 and on the other hand South Africa and Cameroon have changes of the status of their attitude towards the freedom of speech. Personally, I think Freedom of Speech should be restricted but sometimes the punishments are too harsh. Why should I do anything but to try and stop hate speech? It doesnt have any purpose or socially redeeming value, so why not just outlaw it all and be done with it? The answer to these questions is not an obvious in your face answer. However, most emotional issues seldom have obvious answers beyond the immediate, and often detrimental, emotional response. But when basic rights and freedoms are at stake, it is worth the time it takes to think through one’s reaction.
The United States Supreme Court recognizes the First Amendment guarantee of free speech. This is better known as fighting words. These words are described by the Court as those which by their very utterance inflict injury of or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peac.