Hate Speech is not Free Speech!

Today, the world has touched the heights of evolution in almost all walks of life. Being a part of the current generation, I can easily say that life is too much easier now than it used to be in the times of our parents and our forefathers. However, their lives were still way better than ours. They were and still are more close to humanity.

I agree that previously freedom of speech was not given to majority and it is only today that people have realized the fact that we live in a free country and can utter for our rights. For this we have made media a great medium and we believe that it is the most powerful entity on Earth which can help us express. However, access of everything is bad.

Social media is no longer performing an envisaged function of creating a positive medium to express as it has now converted into veritable battleground, where insult fly from the human quiver, damaging lives, destroying self esteem and a person’s self worth.


Everyday, we read or listen to different issues through media and then state our opinions accordingly but we forget the fact that whatever we think is our own perception and things can be more than that. We also forget the fact that freedom of speech does not mean we can manipulate others mind or we can say anything that will get us appreciation no matter what happens to the person we are talking about.

Famous example can be of Qandeel Baloch who was ridiculed by people on media throughout her life but the moment she died the same media was full of posts, statuses and videos addressing her as ” Quam Ki Beti”.

Moreover, there is a recent example of a young university student who was brutally murdered with the charge of blasphemy. It was only after his death that the media due to which he was killed, talked in favor of him.

Issues are not always that big until media intervenes. People need to learn how to navigate social media and make the right moves that will help us. It should be used in a way that can spread humanity and not insult humanity. Freedom of speech should be about something that can make us aware of what is happening around and it should not be used to harass or cyberbully others.


Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but it is a service to community. So, one should learn the difference between “freedom of speech” and hypocrisy or diplomacy.


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