” Freedom of Speech ” 

Freedom of Speech is the right to articulate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of  retaliation or censorship. 

The term freedom of expression is sometimes used casually , but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.
Freedom of Speech being a positive aspect or negative aspects includes a lot of points that are to be noted down. 

“We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech – because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.” – Barack Obama

Positive aspect of Freedom at such case can be the easier to communicate the wrong doings, to better judge what the society is not daring to see and to understand the issue of the people. It is a human right. 

Social media these days have given such a broad aspect of individualism along with access of making your way to millions out there. Making a statement and throwing it up on the internet can provide millions of responses and views over night causing major source of threat to the ones imposing the fact of having no freedom. The truth and the harsh realities always win. 

” I am not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance ” 

This is what the society needs. This is what every human needs. The positivity of Freedom of Speech has more strong grounds that the negative aspects. 

Negative Aspects include too much openness which can result of offence to the state or the higher authority. Having a way to express what ever you want is not appropriate sometimes. Its better to remain silent and watch rather than taking a part in the movement and spilling the mud itself on your face. Too much liberalism and too much concerned about taking about social issues can be disastrous as every issue itself will rise up in front of public and have less importance of the state.

If you consider my opinion amongst these two. I would support and go for Positivity

Why? Because speaking up for your own right and asking for it has more strength to it rather than being perfectly silent. Eighter be the head authority or the state. 

It helps a person to talk expressively and to help change the system that has been linked to the negativity.  

The social circle and the society needs the right to expand their feelings and emotions. To make the understanding and showing the faults and errors people make. To express the guilt and to support the truth. The actual Human Right

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” –S.G. Tallentyre, The Friends of Voltaire

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” – George Washington

Pathway

A track that constitutes or serves as my path is my pathway. The journey started from Lawrence College Murree in 2003. They say home is where the heart is and my home is my College where i started my education from class one. Living away from family at the age of 6 is a very tough task but it all ends with the never ending memories of life. Living in the hostel gives you a family that you makes yourself and it is a family that is as close to you as your blood relations. My college gave me the memories which i can cherish throughout my life.

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I belong to Layyah which is in south punjab. I belong to a political family and i have witness the problems of my people which brings me to a point that i belong to a region where people are the victms but still they have a golden heart. The interest for politics and hunting is inborn to me. I love to talk about my basic roots because i believe that your roots make you who you are. I want to do something for my people and i believe one day i will.

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Life is not that easy the way we pretend it, sometimes it really hits you hard mentally and physically. But every day is new day and you have to live your life because you only live onces. For me living is to travel. I love to travel and see the beauty of the world. I love the mountains and i love the peace they have in them. Love for nature brings you the love for Humanity. I believe that travelling is the best learning experience of your life. You learn the cultures and you learn how to respect the right of freedom of others through travelling. I always believed that wherever you go, go with your all heart. Whenever i feel low i try to travel the places i love.

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Life at LSE is one of the best learning experience of my life. It made me stronger from inside and it showed me the real world. As time makes you change yourself but it is the test of your values that you stand firm on your belief on what you think is right. LSE gave me a new family. IMG_1149 (1)

 

Freedom Of Speech Positive Or Negative!

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Freedom of speech is the right to articulate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship, or societal 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 medium used.

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For me freedom of speech can be both negative and positive. It has both sides to it.The ability to articulate and express ideas for personal as well as political purposes is unique to humanity. This ability is, however, not without restraint. Various thinkers have explored the idea of freedom in order to expound the relationship between individuals and their society. Freedom of speech constitutes not only the act of speech but also its substance. Speech is made free oftentimes with regard to its subject matter. While most democracies today have laws for the protection of freedom of speech, any speech that can be considered an incite mentor offensive speech that threatens the peace and security of a region may be curtailed to achieve the larger purpose of the preservation of societyThe ‘negative’ ‘freedom from’ concept of liberty sets limits for the freedom of speech, it can be argued that those in favor of unrestrained free speech invoke the ‘positive’ freedom to pursue unrestricted speech to achieve a higher end. The ‘positive’ notion of freedom is grounded in rationalism. It allows freedom of one to prevail over the freedom of others so long as there is a rational basis for such subjugation, as long as one is rational, their speech will be respected by all.

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Free Speech;a right or a responsibility ?

“Freedom would be not to choose between black and white but to abjure such prescribed choices.”  Theodor Adorno

Freedom is a basic human right.It is the power and no one should be refrained from it. Freedom of speech is the liberty, the strength that an individual to express his or her thoughts.

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”George Orwell

If going in emphasis of what dictionary states about speech too, it can be said as written or spoken words. But it’s much more than that and here’s where we forget the expression.

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There is no hesitation in saying that social media is not only a source to gather information but also a medium where individuals from several cultures share their ideas on mutual topic. Internet liberty is what we hear and act upon throughout our lives. Taking twitter as an example people often make open comments about Donald Trump being just not suitable or being terrified on his success.

IMG_3624although freedom of speech gives a leverage to an individual to voice their thoughts but their is a fragility as it may harm someone emotionally mentally or even physically so one must give a thought when he or she speaks .

Some issues that are common to the world as a whole are openly discussed with people commenting. Take one as feminism. Being a feminist the idea of non feminism causes a dismay within me which prompts me to read what non feminists say about this cause and why do they feel this way. Twitter can somehow be considered as a protected and reliable in relation of people presenting their views.

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As long time back internet was an edge that may have had a great effect on open information but as the world started to conjugate it put legitimate limitation on the expression of thoughts by an individual. As decades passed by the definition of normalism became restricted to very common activities and it was rather easy for companies on social media to manipulate the thoughts of people. Common opinions and biased thoughts are forced into our lines of vision and operate our heart and mind a lot differently. Not only this, Facebook what we call a private social media lacks most security. The headlines in the side bar of Facebook as well as twitter cannot be believed to be unbiased or very neutral. It somehow plays with our mind.

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It cannot be denied that privately held technology companies would exploit any or all resources and influence our thoughts and behaviours but what’s the point of feeling threatened or violated? Lets just stop fooling ourselves

Freedom of Speach, Responsibility or Blessing?

I believe freedom is a blessing and everyone needs freedom. When it comes to freedom of speech, it is more of a responsibility along with blessing. In out freedom, we must always keep in mind that everyone around us are not affected by it in a negative way or they oppose our freedom.

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Speech is something which can shatter the other person and leave a mark on them for the rest of their lives. We call it freedom but something that ruins a persons mindset is not a part of freedom. We don’t realise that we are intruding their privacy and calling it our freedom. Where ever we go, we see the same thing happening only because we don’t know the responsibilities of freedom, of the blessing we have.

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I strongly believe that freedom of speech is a good thing when it comes to fighting for the right thing, raising voice against corruption or even supporting some other cause but we take this freedom for granted and reach that extent on which it is no longer freedom.

Making fun of people on public forums is not freedom. It’s called bullying openly and not even being punished for that, moreover not even being called a bully. That’s not freedom. Everyone has their rights and everyone has this freedom but a few of them know their limitations.


Nowadays, there’s no such thing as privacy. We may have set everything on restricted on our facebook profiles but we all know anyone can access it anywhere anytime. We as a society ignore if something wrong is done and label it as an act of “Freedom” and carry on with our regular routines but we do not realise that along with freedom, its also our duty to stop that wrong doing.

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I do not negate freedom of speech, obviously if it did not exist, i wouldn’t have been writing this but we should know it’s purpose, it’s duties and the consequences as well. I would want everyone to be responsible and enjoy the blessing we have without disturbing others.

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Today exactly at 5.38 pm I clicked this picture to save it as a memory where I’m holding multiple thoughts regarding the social cause what to write and what not to in my second ever blog. You see how confused these eyes look? Figuring out the social cause that we all know about but don’t know really what to do about it. Well that is because the first question arises in mind is what actually FREEDOM OF SPEECH is?

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Some people say you are free to say whatever you want even if it causes offense. Others say you must limit yourselves and try not to cause offense, the problem is freedom of speech is also associated with laws blocking its way. For example, it is against to be racist openly. Therefore, there are some things all of us are just not allowed to say. That I’ll leave it on you to decide…

I grew up in a society where there were some words that were never spoken like in front of women, in front of children, in public, at a dinner table or in any professional setting. But then, little by little, we began to see it painted on back walls of old buildings. And did nothing. Then we began to accept it in teenage music. And did nothing. Then it showed up in racy literature. And we did nothing. Finally, it was everywhere on the social media. And now, it seems, there is very little we can do about it at all.

While I write this, in Pakistan we are witnessing a different kind of trend. Earlier in January this year, some men, including few journalists were whisked away by unknown abductors for talking and writing openly on media. Protests held and people came together to voice against such cruelty.

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Najam Sethi, a popular Pakistani journalist and a left-leaning political commentator also seen protesting.

When celebrities or popular people come ahead for a social cause then its grabs more attention of the public. We as always appreciate feedback no matter it is praise or criticism but let’s be little patient with our views no matter what the content is. There is a limit to which you can practice your freedom of speech.

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“Your freedom ends where mine begins”

And we for our part ask ourselves what has happened to us. Where did the compassion go i.e the ability to really feel for the other, to care for the other as well as ourselves, to be different than others but never destructive of others — it has clearly disappeared, no? Even in our presidential elections that held in 2013 , the freedom of speech was greatly practiced and seen happening vividly esp by the opposition parties and its supporters.

social-media-sketch-white-background-37511055The rise of social media would seem an unmitigated boon for free speech, providing a platform to anyone with an internet connection. Social media has played a vital role in our society. It has the power to change or influence the lives of people. Social media has opened up so many doors for the population of today. We can now communicate instantly with anyone around the world who also has access to social media. It allows us to communicate openly and talk about issues that we may not have been aware of.  But moreover social media had been a platform for people to speak out against oppression and injustice. I don’t know how we have managed to confuse freedom of speech with the freedom to be rude, crude, mean, hurtful or brutal anonymously. Secretly.

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Like most recently, Sonu Nigam, an Indian playback singer made a tweet on twitter believing that he was exercising his freedom of speech. He continued to post on the matter that has triggered anger with certain sections of the society. A huge debate has been raging not only in India but Pakistan as well.

Read more at: http://www.jammulinksnews.com/newsdetail/121669/Jammu-Links-News-Right_to_Freedom_of_Speech_belongs_to_all__hints_Renuka_Shahane_on_Sonu_Nigams_tweet_fiasco

 

 

However, there is no doubt that human beings are a flawed race. We will always find a counter productive use of something that was good to begin with like as follows;

  • Just because some people might use a knife to kill doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be allowed to use it in the kitchen.
  • Just because human driving cars have cause fatal accidents doesn’t mean we ban all cars. We are in a race to continually master and augment technology but we are never in a race to augment our mind.
  • Marriage can lead to divorce. Just because something good can lead to something bad it does not mean we censure it.
  • Technology will play a huge part in the destruction of the world but that doesn’t mean we avoid technological advancements.
  • As promised by many religious books we are to face doomsday, does that mean we stop living?

So precisely no revolution or counter-revolution would have taken place without freedom of speech. Lets make a balance and not play with it, rather take that as a responsibility to spread just positiveness across. Cheers!

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Chained or Unchained?

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Since I was 8, I have been taught to think before I speak. In the time I took to grow up, I realized that the thinking process wasn’t to keep my ideas locked inside my brain, rather the whole idea behind this lesson was to make me learn and respect the views of those around me. In those years I learned to listen, evaluate, and retaliate in ways which were fruitful. I gathered the many ideas invested in my brain by those who I listened to, and I learned to speak when it was right to speak, and stay quiet when my voice was being left muffled among those who it did not matter to.

It is our basic right to express ourselves and speak our minds in situations which we have knowledge of, however, it is also true that an unconditional power to ones tongue is harmful in many cases where our knowledge is confined within our level of understanding certain subjects. In such cases, the liberty to speak whatever we want to, can have disastrous outcomes and reactions.

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Subjects like religion, politics, and personality are so delicate that we can never be sure if the person reading our words is on the same page as ours. The words could be misinterpreted and their meaning twisted in ways we are unsure of. Hence, it is always better to stay on ones guard when posting on topics as fragile as these.

Recently, a rumor got spread that Facebook was being banned in Pakistan, just like You-tube was banned a couple of months back. This happened due to a certain religious propaganda that was spread across the social media, and the Muslims of the country decided to put  a stop to it. Read more on this:

https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/pakistan/ihc-petitioned-to-block-facebook-in-pakistan/

In my opinion, I found it extremely appropriate under the circumstances, however, the fact that people of our country need to increase their knowledge and learn to debate with those who oppose them, learn to be able to answer the countless queries of these people who have little knowledge of our religion, and learn to be able to defend our religion in ways which have a non-violent end to it, is crucial.

Banning a social media platform where millions of views are being shared each passing minute, I believe, it is time we learn to respect the views of those who think differently than us, and let the authorities, be it the Government, or the PEMRA, decide which topics are fragile enough and must be kept under constant surveillance. I think, by staying in certain boundaries when speaking our mind out openly on a public forum, we can gain more and lose less. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, have a sole purpose of people staying connected and sharing ideas, hearing the voices of those who live light years away from us, and being heard across the globe. It is always better to widen your perspective, and learn to respect the views of others, since their minds are as different from you as their bodies, and no two humans think alike.

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Living in today’s era, and not supporting Freedom of Speech, is like being a coward to your own actions. Twenty-four seven we use social media to express our anger, our happiness, sadness, anxiety, and what not, and then at the end of the day, saying “I don’t believe in Freedom of Speech”, well, it simply isn’t done. Similarly, I bear in mind, that if given full liberty to speak without constraints, and communicate without limitations, i myself might end up negating the lesson I’ve been taught all my life, and I might debate in unhealthy ways, therefore, to say “I support Freedom of Speech”, I must also have enough strength in me to hear criticism on my personal and private life, and not defend it irregardless of what I believe in.

I believe we should not just focus on being heard, we should focus equally on listening to those who think contrary to our believes. Supporting freedom of speech is as important to me as it is to you, and I say we should learn and evolve, rather than stay and defend. Therefore, I support neutrality when it comes to supporting Freedom of Speech. I believe we can advance in the world when we have a balance between freedom and responsibility; and we chose to be wise.