Freedom of speech and expression and responsibility

Know ye not Who would be free themselves must strike the blow? Lord ByronThe Giaourline Inner freedom demands the rejection of any imposition that injures our dignity.

Freedom of speech and expression and responsibility

Posted on September 16, by Walter Baets Lately we have, in different parts of the world, around different issues, discussions about freedom of speech and some seem to see this as the proclaimed ultimate value in life.

Julius Malema uses his freedom of speech to invite miners and other workers to riot against… yes against what?

Freedom of speech and expression and responsibility

Geert Wilders, the rightist populist politician in the Netherlands fortunately he lost half of his seats in the parliament claims freedom of speech is the greatest value, and therefore he supports the anti-Islam movie and is a great anti-Islamist per se.

And of course that movie itself, that feels that for the sake of freedom of speech, all is permitted. What makes someone come up with such a movie? But surprisingly, we also get this kind of freedom of speech idea amongst a too-large number of South African academics. Do we have the right to ask all possible questions, without any limitations?

I would like to react on all that. First of all, freedom of speech does not go without responsibility and accountability for what you say and the possible negative impact your words might have. Freedom of speech is not without limits or conditions. Your freedom ends where it could harm others.

Freedom of speech includes for me three crucial conditions. What you say should be respectful to all other people, it should be based on the truth, and it should be authentic. It should be what you really feel and think: That is where the accountability fits in.

If all freedom of speech supporters would at least recognise and respect these three conditions, a lot of harm could be avoided.

Many of the supporters of unlimited freedom of speech even claim that it would be the greatest good in the world, but I would like to bring in some other ideas. If whatever we do, whatever purpose we have in life and business would serve the realisation of human dignity for even more people, again we would be on the correct road.

Is freedom of speech, certainly the way some define it, not a luxury problem? Freedom of speech without respect assumes that your ideas are better, more worthy than those of the others, which leads to supremacy, and eventually it can only lead to a conflictual situation. Often it is not about freedom speech; it is not about sharing a truthful view, voiced in authenticity and with respect for others.

It is about a power play, the power that goes with a position be it academic or political.

Freedom of speech and expression and responsibility

Behind much of this thinking, there is often an economic reality. Wars and conflicts in the world, even if they are so-called fought for religion and ideas, are basically dealing with a perceived unfair, unjust economic situation.

Most of those movements question often unfair, sometimes excessive inequality. Everybody should have freedom of speech, but only while taking responsibility and accountability for what is said.The Responsibility of Freedom.

Freedom of Speech: As Voltaire Said "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Freedom of expression should. FREEDOM OF RELIGION. Freedom of religion is a political principle that strives to forbid government constraint on people's choices of beliefs.

It requires also that people be free to act upon their beliefs. The real challenge in the world is not the freedom of speech, and/or the conflicts that are fought in order to defend the freedom of speech.

Everybody should have freedom of speech, but only while taking responsibility and accountability for what is said. Freedom of speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation, censorship, or sanction.

The term "freedom of expression" is sometimes used synonymously but includes any act of seeking, receiving, and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the . Freedom of Speech and Expression – A Right or a Responsibility!

Let’s take up two divergent views on freedom of Speech and Expression: First – “An intelligent, culturally aware, aesthetically evolved citizenry must take an uncompromising stance against bigotry and thought control “ – it makes a blistering case for freedom of expression in .

Authors: Shane Simpson and Richard Potter [1]. A. Introduction. The law restricts the freedom of expression in different ways. The most obvious, are the laws against obscenity, defamation and more recently, discrimination.

The Right to Freedom of Speech