Before the internet, there was a standard required before publication in most nations, including America. There were obscenity laws, for example, and most non-fiction publications were also vetted for accuracy. Speech was free, but also responsible. You could not, for instance, commit libel and slander.

Psychology has long established that human beings are influenced by media. That is why advertising is effective. When you examine atrocities, such as genocides, these are always preceded by hate speech and rhetoric, as a means of dehumanizing and other-izing the target. Propaganda and rhetoric aim to achieve this, and they deliberately violate the human rights of their targets.

As a Kiwi, let me add: New Zealand is a fantastic place to live, with a high standard of personal freedom.