The 21st century has brought a lot of furtherance in every aspect of life. This also includes our topic of concern, which is the freedom of speech and expressing our personal ideas. The main instrument used for this intention is the “internet”.What is free speech? I think the Universal Declaration gets to the heart of the idea with the words “freedom of opinion and expression”. You are free to think what you like and express your thoughts. The marketplace of ideas- a consequence of freedom of speech- relies upon this.
In this era there are lots of developed apps and sites which are used for socializing with people on worldwide scale including Facebook, Twitter etc. people are nowadays able to speak and share their personal opinion with other people in their social circle.
People usually provoke that it is their right to speak whatever they think is right. For example:
The U.N, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Art. 19 states:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.
But as there is tit for tat, this basic right has a lot of negative aspects too. Starting from the basic as of all people are free to express their thoughts and opinions, you are certainly going to hear things you disagree with or disapprove of or maybe even find insulting or offensive. That is simple a cost of the freedom. If you value free speech then you accept that you will be disagreed with, insulted and offended at some time.
I strongly disagree with the assertion that we should herald and celebrate the use of speech that engenders prejudice and provokes a dangerous environment. Historians who have studied gross atrocities committed against ethnic communities have uncovered that such persecution had its origins in hate-filled and divisive speech that mocked, insulted and provokes those communities.
In the past where discrimination was one of the major flaws, this “freedom of speech” caused a lot of commotion e.g. long before the Holocaust, Jews were mocked, offended and ridiculed by speech that was intended to engender prejudice. This “free speech” not only culminated in one of the ugliest moments in human history with the Holocaust but also in the pogroms in Europe- where Jews were repeatedly rounded up to be killed or have their homes burned. They were completely banned from England for centuries. Still today our internet platforms are used for mocking and bullying other people. Bullying on the basis of Sects, color and religion are still widely practiced on a major basis like Indian singer Sonu Nigam criticizing Muslims on twitter says “I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India”. Also in our homeland Pakistan a lot of criticizing is done on different sects which results in a lot of commotion among the people.
Omniscient is the one who learns from the faults of the past. Thus even considering ourselves modern and still doing the unpleasant acts of past, which we try to forefend; we are still at the same brink.