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sedition

(sĭdĭ`shən), in law, acts or words tending to upset the authority of a government. The scope of the offense was broad in early common law, which even permitted prosecution for a remark insulting to the king. Although there have been several statutes in the United States forbidding seditious utterances and writings, the protection guaranteed to speech and press by the First Amendment to the Constitution has made them difficult to enforce except during periods of great national stress. The Sedition Act of 1798 generated so much opposition (see Alien and Sedition ActsAlien and Sedition Acts,
1798, four laws enacted by the Federalist-controlled U.S. Congress, allegedly in response to the hostile actions of the French Revolutionary government on the seas and in the councils of diplomacy (see XYZ Affair), but actually designed to destroy Thomas
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) that similar statutes were not enacted until the 20th cent. During World War I the Espionage Act (1917) and the Sedition Act (1918) punished speeches and writings that interfered with the war effort or caused contempt for the government. Vaguely worded and broadly interpreted, they resulted in over 2,000 prosecutions, mostly against radicals and the radical press. The Smith Act of 1940, restricted in scope to the advocacy of violence against the government, was invoked only infrequently during World War II, though it was later used successfully to prosecute Communist party leaders, as in Dennis v. United States (1951). The libellibel and slander,
in law, types of defamation. In common law, written defamation was libel and spoken defamation was slander. Today, however, there are no such clear definitions.
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 decision of Sullivan v. New York Times (1964), by granting special protection to criticism of public officials, largely eliminated what remained of the crime of sedition in the United States.

sedition

1. an offence that tends to undermine the authority of a state
2. an incitement to public disorder
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Al-Turki reiterated his warning of sectarianism, terrorism and seditious conflicts in Arab and Islamic countries and stressed that the society as a whole holds responsibility for countering terrorism.
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In Chapter 1, "Seditious Newspapers and Seduction Novels," Edelstein spends the bulk of the chapter on Judith Sargent Murray's The Story of Margaretta (17921794), a novel which she says deserves more scholarly attention, to show how women use the seduction novel to join the political debate about seditious outsiders--a debate that led to the Alien and Sedition Act in 1798 --being played out in the newspapers of the early republic.
A statement by the command of operations today said Brigade 72 forces were able to seize large quantities of weapons , ammunition, explosive substances and explosive belts of different sizes and types, and also seized about 100 explosive devices and special equipment of media of Daash, as well as computers especially for this purpose and a large number of banners and flags, as well as vehicles and motorcycles, and a number of seditious books and in Bani Zaid area in al-Nibai north of Baghdad.
He also prayed to Allah to spare Saudi Arabia from any harm and seditious acts.