Today we are living in the 21st century, an era where people raise their voices for their rights, they question, they think and they demand the provision of their rights. No matter to which gender they belong the society, the culture and the law of the modern century allows us to express our ideas and thoughts. We a have an  equal right to speak, to give our view and express our opinion on any subject matter, either in  its favor or against it. This right is formally known as ‘Freedom of Speech’ and most of us are very well aware of this term.

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

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pic 3Well! The conceptual meaning of arresting someone is to seize(someone) by legal authority and take them into custody or to stop someone. However,  I believe that one can arrest someone physically but it’s impossible to arrest someone’s idea. Freedom of speech allows a person to spread his idea among the people and once the idea has been articulated in the crowd it definitely becomes difficult to stop that idea. That’s why president of South Africa F. W. de Klerk released Nelson Mandela in 1990, just because of growing domestic and international pressure, and the fear of a racial civil war had become very eminent. Now the question is that how these pressures and fear took place? This fear and pressure was the result of an idea spread by Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was arrested for his campaign and ideology against racism. He embraced the idea of a multi-racial front against apartheid. The oppressors tried to put an end to Mandala’s thought and legacy and therefore was kept behind the bars for 27 years but his idea was not ceased, instead it became a dream and a passion for his people and they kept it alive in their hearts. This shows that no one can arrest the idea and words.

Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” – Victor Pinchuk

The central idea involved here is to demonstrate the people’s right to know. Freedom of speech should, therefore, receive substantial support from all those who believe in the participation of people in the administration. Similarly, freedom of speech also played a very important role in international relationship as well.  These rights have been questioned and exercised throughout the history, and have produced extremely positive results in a lot of cases. For instance, the revolution of Pakistan is one of the best example to see the positive impact of freedom of speech where Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah came up with his own ideology & the dream of Allama Iqbal & preached the idea to the people to an extent that it became a do or die situation for each individual who understood the Quaid’s idea and stood by him. This was not easy at all to come up with an idea and to deliberately express the thoughts in front of empowered British Government. This all happened just because of freedom of speech which allowed Quaid-e-Azam to speak fearlessly in front of British government.

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” – Thucydides

pic 7Freedom of speech involves the license to express one’s own particular feelings and assessments openly by expressions of mouth, composing, printing or whatever other mode. The right to free speech is one of the most precious rights of an individual. This right gives people the opportunity to speak their mind and give their opinions of what they think should happen. It, in this manner, includes the statement of one’s thought through any transferable medium or noticeable portrayal, for example, gesture, signs, and so forth. Freedom of speech is the fundamental goal and this might be done on any stage or through the social media. Freedom of speech includes freedom to spread not one’s perspectives as it were but it also incorporates the freedom to spread or distribute the perspectives of other individuals; that is the reason that freedom of press likewise go under the class of the freedom of speech.

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Social media is now a new platform where you can spread your thoughts freely. It is considered one of the best and easiest way to express one’s own thoughts. Social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and many more provide you a platform to show your interest and to take part in any issue of the world. Freedom of speech allows you to support any side of picture on social media. We can quote many examples of present world situation that became viral just because of social media. Social media basically plays a vital in reducing people’s fear and allows them to come up with whatever they want. For instance, we all know what is happening in Syria. People are being killed inhumanly with chemical bombs and no one is raising their voice to condemn the act on international forums. But the only place where we have seen people raising voice against this brutality is social media. Freedom of speech and platform like social media are helping the people to overcome their fears and now they confidently and explicitly spread their thoughts and float their messages. Recently many soldiers have been exercising the practice and also we have seen many videos and pictures on Facebook as well where people raise their voices to condemn some act of injustice or inhumanity or inequality. Similarly hashtags with the thoughts on twitter are also a type of freedom of speech.

pic 6 Ideas & words spread like fire on social media. Social media and is a creative way to get people to express themselves. In real world, even after having the freedom of speech people sometimes seem a bit restrictive and limited, but on social media they feel a greater sense of freedom of expression and/or of speech. For people who find it difficult to interact with others in person, the social media provides them a great way of communicating and not having to feel self-conscious or nervous.

But I believe that Freedom of Speech on social media is only good if it is use in a legal and right way. In near past, we have found many cases of blasphemy. In result many Pakistani students of Islamic seminaries took part in a rally in support of blasphemy laws, in Islamabad, Pakistan and then two bloggers also disappeared from Islamabad recently. They demanded to impose blasphemy law in Pakistan and to ban all social media forums in Pakistan as well. You can find the detail on Al-Arabiya English. To avoid the wrong use of social media, government of Pakistan has issued a list of cyber crime and their punishments recently. Cyber crime & their punishment.



This picture is the best example for concluding my blog which defines the idea that you can kill a man but not his words; similarly you can arrest someone physically but not his idea. The idea must be spread forward by someone else as shown in this picture & this would be happening just because of freedom of speech, no matter through which channel you are spreading the idea. It can be further explained by taking the example of martyr of APS Peshawar. People are still spreading their ideology on social media and remember them in their hearts.

So finally at the end we can say that freedom of speech is greatest right or duty but only if it is done in a right way.

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.” –  John F. Kennedy

Find More: YouCanNotKillAnIdea


Author: abdulwaheedatif

I am a 21 years old Media student. I may not be a good writer but I believe in freedom of speech which motivates me to write and share my thoughts.

40 thoughts on “YOU CAN’T ARREST AN IDEA”

  1. It is a good thought that you shared today, it explains everything that was done before and everything that is done now. We should stop this act by following a set pattern of a speech.

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    1. Well said atif you can arrest a person physically but you can`t arrest the idea of a person, because every body has liberty to speak


  2. “You can arrest someone physically but not his/her Idea” This is so true in this modern world when most of the people have the liberty to speak what they feel & thing but on contrary still there are many of us who have limitations to this blessing. Let’s not forget them, Let’s put our energies together to show them how soothing is it.

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  3. I am pretty much agree with your thought “That you can kill someone but not his idea” . I really admire this thought. I fact in our country it suits the best yet to today we have right of freedom of speech but what it happens after this people are on your back and they just want to darg you down after that people in our country share their idea they have but if some people take that as against them as negative thought which cause extremism these days. But the idea of the victom remains stay alive by the followers. But if you want to set a best example of freedom of speech and its pros and cons then you can take our country as the best example for the consiquences for freedom of speech. Because in our country people just got killed brutally by our so called patriotics on basis cast,creed & religion because of their negative thoughts. So if you have an idea that really is good for betterment of people of society but not good for the norms of society so then, you are in trouble. I just want to say your blog can help people for their freedom of speech. But they should have to prepare for their consiquences as well.

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    1. Walii I agree with your point & respect your thought as well, but if we take freedom of speech in general, then you must be agree with my opinion . In our country, unfortunately most of the people are illiterate and that’s why they take freedom of speech in a wrong perspective. Similarly the concept of so called “self respect” is also one of the reason which stop our people to accept the idea of freedom of speech.
      But dear friend I can’t do anything on this matter.


  4. very well done atif . excellent thought and idea u shared and you are right no one can arrest anyone’s idea . every one has liberty to speak ……

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  5. Well written by “Beautiful Mind”..
    Freedom is priceless no matters in any form.
    Really like the Quaid-E-Azam’s example for Freedom of Speech, The Man (Jinnah) conquer the British & Indians with words.
    Keep writing and sharing your thoughts to the world & Just be yourself.
    Stay Blessed!!

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  6. you are 100% right Waheed Atif, but sorry to say in Pakistan there is no space for freedom of speech. We can take Mashal Khan as an example here. Basically our system not allow any low class person to speak or share his/her thoughts. If we allow freedom of speech to everyone then I am sure one day Pakistan will be a well developed country.

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  7. I really appreciate your work brother. But i am not fully agree with your explanation. If we analyize this concept of freedom of speech in third world countries like Pakistan and India which is also written in the constitutions of these countries as a basic right of every human being then we come to know that this right is not fully functionalize in these countries.e.g First of all we should have to take the example of our own country, recently the incident of Mashal khan death was very sad and also condemnable. He was a citizen of Pakistan and under the provision of the constitution of Pakistan. He has the right to express and right to freedom of speech and he didn’t do any wrong thing and his guilty was only he was expressing his feelings and ideas on a facebook page and listen he also posted few months ago that someone made a fake account of his name and posting wrong stuff.After this the same example of former Governor of punjab, Salman taseer was killed by his body gaurd.All these incidents are mostly happening in third world countries where illiteracy prevails. Same as the example of India where Muslims are killed by Hindu extremist groups day by day, instead of this India claims that she is a secular country and everyone can express and speech of his/her ideas and thoughts. So this concept of freedom of speech prevails mostly in the West where people are educated and the Government also appreciate the ideas and thoughts of their people.

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  8. Very true Atif. Freedom of speech is a universal right for every person. Even I believe that it is a right given by GOD to everyone of us but only if we use it correctly.
    Let’s hope that system and wadaira culture of Pakistan also accept this right for our people in future. 🙂

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  9. You are absolutely right and on a right track Atif Khan. Freedom of speech can’t be suppressed by any power, instead it gains more energy & arises with more competency and potential and things get changed over the time. We can take into account the example of Kashmir where Indian Army tried to suppress the freedom of speech but more and more Kashmiris are turning against them day by day as their brutality is increasing.

    We should atleast try to speak against the wrong if we can’t do anything to make it right

    “Try and fail but never fail to try”


  10. Wonderfully written Atif. Afterall, the world survives on great ideas. Social media has become a platform for raising voices but instead of brewing something wonderful it creates chaos and causes clash of ideologies which has done us more bad than good.


  11. Partially agreed because still we r living in mind set, in our society people have two faces nobody can judge either they are wrong or right we have to ask question first ourself.freedom of speech everyone have rights but practically when we are going to implementation side then people have differnt views or they take it in an other way which is totallt differnt from your i said two faces.
    I can appreciate the idea only but actually in our society it will take time to change the mind sets.conclusion is only audit yourself change will come automatically


  12. Our Islam is also allow of freedom of speach but it also impose some limitations. Ur freedom of speach can not hurt to others.
    ” We can not arrest the idea” we can appreciate the context of the Idea, is it favourable for society/world.


  13. Agreed that Freedom of speech is everyone right but it is two way somebody pay it cost and few take leverage. Similarly ideas is the first step of any journey but implementation and execution is more important. However pictorial and other thoughts very well supported to subject freedom of speech and ideas.


  14. I think freedom of speech is the fundamental right of any human being but this comes with great responsibility too since the society we lives in is a sort where any word can become viral without even authenticating it. So one has to use this RIGHT with due diligence and care.


  15. Yes, i m agreed that freedom of speech to be allow every one in our society. But some limits to be considered in this matter. And i believe that sharing of an idea is useful for all of us. Good effort done by u people.


  16. I agree that freedom of sharing ideas and issues is fare and helpful for raising one’s inner voice on social media. But it must be positive that may not hurt other human beings. Never hurt others for their religion ,race and colour. Just criticise positively for social improvements and welfare. We must raise issues and violence against minorities on base of power, number and other weakness . Might has majority, while right is in minority now a days. Social media is best media to raise issues like innocent civilian murders,bombing and religious thoughts violation.


  17. Agreed Atif, freedom of speech is very important for the evolution of society. Idea should not be arrested as it is integral part for development of processes followed for progress and prosperity of a country. Idea should have positive impact and results and we should encourage our youngsters to float worthwhile ideas freely.


  18. Atif agreed that everyone has right of freedom of speech but I think most of the time Someone has to pay a heavy cost by expressing his/her ideas with liberty
    It’s excellent idea to describe


  19. Absolutely True, you CANNOT ARREST an !DEA. Everyone knows it but seldom practices it.
    I like the conclusion, you can kill a MAN but his !DEA.


  20. * Absolutely True, you CANNOT ARREST an !DEA. Everyone knows it but seldom practices it.
    I like the conclusion, you can kill a MAN but NOT his !DEA.

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  21. Nowadays, people can comment on any issue freely, and the Internet is regarded as the most important thing in their daily life, because they can post any words they want to say on the Internet conveniently, and even insult others by typing offensive words. Although most people in modern society emphasize freedom of speech, there’re still a lot of serious problems caused by it, including harmful speech, irreparable events, misuse of this freedom.

    First, freedom of speech can harm people. Because of the convenience of the Internet, even a word can greatly inflict many people. Netizens leave various kinds of negative messages on the Internet, and some are anonymous. They don’t consider these insulting words immoral. Sometimes these comments aim at a person, and it may be for no reason. The phenomenon is called, “Cyberbully.” However, Netizens have no idea that they should be responsible for the consequences, but their comments may lead to the victims’ permanent psychological harm.

    Second, humiliating comments can result in a suicide. When more and more people attack a person with negative words, he or she will be very upset, and when the person is not able to cope with the situation, he or she may hopelessly resort to committing suicide. By the time, the consequence is irrevocable, and it’s too late to regret.

    Third, people readily comment on every event and anyone, but it may be illegal. Sometimes people use bad language to convey their emotions, but they may be sued by others, and the Internet is no exception. Police can find Netizens’ location and punish them, even if they are anonymous

    To sum up, in spite of freedom for our speech, we still have to strike a balance between law and freedom. We not only need to be concerned about others’ feelings, but also need to treasure this freedom and use it well.

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    1. Idea and thinking is an intengible thing . We can agree or disagree with others ideas . We can not compel others to agree with you. But freedom of speech /expression is another thing. In powerful societies we can express our feeling with out any hesitation . But in our society people did not have power of listening ,patience .


  22. I agree! An idea is like a virus, a bateria… you may suppress it for a time being but not forver. A great idea can be hindered but can never be “removed”


  23. The point,perceieved from writers blog is that we can openely discuss our ideas on social media. I personally don’t agree witb this point. The recent example of mardan-a boy hanged to death because of the blasphemy alligations on him on the social media.The ongoing insurgency in Balochistan-by the banned organisation BLA has never come on the front on social media because like every other place,the social media sites are also monitored to stop the spread of unwilling posts or ideas.
    The second point about the freedom of speech is true-you can kill a man but you cannot kill the idea.its the teachings taught and ideology inculcated in individuals mind,which matters the most. Be this job done by giving dose of patriotism by the establishment or the concept of jihad inculcated through hateful jihadi literature.


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