For me Freedom of speech is the freedom of life, that freedom in which you express yourself openly without any limitations or boundaries. It’s the right of every single individual to speak up against the odds, whenever and wherever you feel like. Talking about myself? Yes I don’t feel caged anymore, I have my own self expression and the liberty to share it with people without any restraints. We all should raise our voices and take a stand for whatever wrong is happening around us instead of keeping quite and worrying about the consequences. United we stand, divided we fall. It’s the power that each individual possess through which one can actually work towards the promotion of a free society.
Social media playing the most important role as one can share, connect, convey what there opinion is regarding any aspect. It is a platform which has equal and fair opportunities for all. No doubt many people take advantage and misuse it also but for all those who genuinely want to bring a positive change in the societies they are living, IT IS THE RIGHT TRACK.So social media builds the freedom of connection to challenge the people who are being unfair, may it be the government, may it be politicians, may it be any authority that is dominating you. Taking the example of our own Pakistani in which social media is an ever growing phenomenon and people are creating awareness through facebook, Twitter etc. Although in 2010 government banned many sites but due to unity of people all their efforts were failed. Our youth is promoting the freedom of speech by exercising it themselves through debating publicly and making Pakistan a better place to live.
Like every picture or story can’t be perfect , similarly there are also many flaws in this as well. When I say flaws, I am also referring to the people as well as the society and system in which we are living. Many of us are taking advantage of the facility provided to us and somewhere we are attacking and hurting many others with our harsh words. There is nothing wrong in being straightforward until and unless that person is crossing the line which these days people are using freedom of speech as a weapon. Their extreme views on sexism and racism are creating a discomfort for others. Also many people are misusing the platform just for bullying others and offend them in every possible way they can. It’s a source of targeting people and victimizing them.
So Freedom of speech has both positive and negative aspects but it depends on us how we use it and put our words into action .