Freedom of Speech: Privilege or Fundamental Right

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Freedom of speech is the freedom to express one’s opinion without fear of consequence or retribution. It is considered as a basic human right that every citizen should be accorded. As such, many countries around the world list freedom of speech as a basic right of their citizens. They proudly proclaim that every citizen has the right to express their opinions and voice their concerns.

The citizens of most countries, may have the right to speak, but what about the consequences of said speech?

There has been a recent wave of activism around the world in countries like the USA, Hong Kong, India, France, Middle East, Philippines, South American countries etc. We get to see which countries truly offer freedom of speech without retaliation to its citizens.

While one country bans journalists, another imprisons dissidents. Some countries even resort to a military crackdown on protesters or order silent kidnappings and assassinations of these speakers. All this happens while they proudly declare that they offer freedom of speech.

The reason that I am speaking, on this issue, is that I want to make people revaluate all the fundamental rights that they are offered. Many countries say that it’s citizens have the right to free speech. Yet, all speakers are effectively hushed at the end of the day. Anyone who raises questions is extracted and jailed or simply killed.

Does this happen in your country? Do you see activists raising difficult questions and living to tell the tale? For this exercise, don’t consider the conspiracies that keep floating around in social media. Make a quick check of all the social activists and if they are free or jailed or worse. If they are still continuing their work, then it is a good sign for civil liberties.

A tweet or a facebook post stating that our government is becoming fascist does not make it the truth. The fact that these people are allowed to speak badly about their government daily is proof that democracy prevails.

Just enabling free speech does not exempt the government of all wrongdoings. However, it gives the citizens a chance to question their leaders, ask pertinent questions regarding policies. They can speak up and discuss all the obstacles in the path. Citizens can now negotiate an amicable end to any disagreement. Every democracy can function only when there is equal participation from all sides. To participate in a democracy, Freedom of Speech is the cornerstone value.

2 Comments

  1. Interesting article about freedom of speech. In my country, the USA, we have free speech from a governmental point of view, most times. Our free speech, sometimes, is dominated or stifled by ‘individuals’ or by groups of individuals rather than by government or laws. It is sad to say that today, when it comes to politics, there are individuals that are stifled by other individuals. I believe in free speech for everyone, and that means even for those that I disagree with , and those that disagree with me. And, also, another item which is similar but not connected. When it comes to blogs, thats’ a blog not a country nor law. So I do believe in censorship when it comes to notes left by others on our own blogs. After all, if a writer writes about a particular topic and then a commenter makes a vulgar comment or a comment that is totally against the writer’s opinion, I believe that it is okay and correct for the writer to maintain control of their own blog — seeing that this is a blog, not a news media and not a government corporation or group. Freedom of speech is a difficult and complicated matter sometimes, even in a country where we have lots of or mostly free freedom of speech. I take no offense if you delete my note since it’s just a note, one opiniion. Thank you for reading. Peace. alindaperry

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    1. Thank you Linda for sharing your thoughts on this post.
      I have to agree with you, we should be able to take people’s opinion when we believe in dispensing it freely. It’s ok if you don’t like me… There are others who cherish me – this should be our Outlook at all times.

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