Freedom of expression — what does this mean to you? Does it mean that you have the right to express your views regardless of anything, or does it mean you would practice self-censorship before airing your views? Give reasons for your answer.
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Posted on: 2013-02-09
Posted by: Keshav Jaiswal
The freedom to express our thoughts is an important part of our individual identity. When we talk and write about our opinions we are contributing ideas and participating in society. Freedom of expression is covered in article 19 of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “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”. Freedom of expression is widely acknowledged as a basic human right that should be available to all, playing a crucial role in a fair and open society. Many countries and organizations place limits on freedom of expression. These limitations can be a way of controlling people. Restricting voting rights, censoring speech and art and outlawing specific religious and political groups are some of the tools governments have used to control public opposition. Even societies that consider themselves free and democratic suppress opposing views. Consider your local newspaper; although you might expect objectivity, if you were to analyze the content, you might not find a variety of informed opinions and critiques. Editorial and news writers may be influenced by their own political views. In some places, reporters are trained to manipulate or omit information that could harm those in power. Should there be no limits on freedom of expression? If we are entitled to express ourselves freely we must accept that others will express ideas very different from our own. This might include ideas that offend and possibly even hurt us. Hate speech attacks people based upon such distinctions as race, religion and gender. Should we censor ideas that damage and promote cruelty? The content of a book, a song or a film may cross societal lines of morality and decency. Should we censor art works that are violent, insulting or degrading? These are some of the complex questions you must think about. Feeling intimidated and forced to subscribe to traditional or mainstream beliefs is a violation of your personal freedom. But sometimes authorities set rules and boundaries for good reason. Understanding why the rules exist is more important than automatically obeying them. “If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.”
Posted on: 2013-02-09
Posted by: Keshav Jaiswal
Freedom of thought and expression is essential to any institution of higher learning. Universities and colleges exist not only to transmit existing knowledge. Equally, they interpret, explore, and expand that knowledge by testing the old and proposing the new.This mission guides learning outside the classroom quite as much as in class, and often inspires vigorous debate on those social, economic, and political issues that arouse the strongest passions. In the process, views will be expressed that may seem to many wrong, distasteful, or offensive. Such is the nature of freedom to sift and winnow ideas. Hostility or intolerance to persons who differ from the majority may undermine the confidence of new members of the community. Civility is always fragile and can easily be destroyed.No viewpoint or message may be deemed so hateful or disturbing that it may not be expressed.n response to verbal assaults and use of hateful language some campuses have felt it necessary to forbid the expression of racist, sexist, homophobic, or ethnically demeaning speech, along with conduct or behavior that harasses. Several reasons are offered in support of banning such expression. Individuals and groups that have been victims of such expression feel an understandable outrage. They claim that the academic progress of minority and majority alike may suffer if fears, tensions, and conflicts spawned by slurs and insults create an environment inimical to learning. These arguments, grounded in the need to foster an atmosphere respectful of and welcome to all persons, strike a deeply responsive chord in the academy. But, while we can acknowledge both the weight of these concerns and the thoughtfulness of those persuaded of the need for regulation, rules that ban or punish speech based upon its content cannot be justified. An institution of higher learning fails to fulfill its mission if it asserts the power to proscribe ideas -- and racial or ethnic slurs, sexist epithets, or homophobic insults almost always express ideas, however repugnant. Indeed, by proscribing any ideas, a university sets an example that profoundly disserves its academic mission. Some may seek to defend a distinction between the regulation of the content of speech and the regulation of the manner (or style) of speech. We find this distinction untenable in practice because offensive style or opprobrious phrases may in fact have been chosen precisely for their expressive power.To some persons who support speech codes, measures like these -- relying as they do on suasion rather than sanctions -- may seem inadequate. But freedom of expression requires toleration of "ideas we hate," as Justice Holmes put it. The underlying principle does not change because the demand is to silence a hateful speaker, or because it comes from within the academy. Free speech is not simply an aspect of the educational enterprise to be weighed against other desirable ends. It is the very precondition of the academic enterprise itself.
Posted on: 2013-02-08
Posted by: Rajani Maharjan
'Freedom of Expression', as the phrase itself expresses of having freedom of taking out own views., however, freedom cannot be taken out negatively misusing it. It doesn't mean that one can say anything s/he wants. A person should be very careful in the word he or she chooses and uses. Its better to practice self censorship before using the given right. Rajani Maharjan
Posted on: 2013-02-08
Posted by: Pawan Ram Lamichhane
For me, freedom of expression is also a fundamental human right. Everybody should be free to express his ideas and views regarding any subjects without violating laws, discrimination on others et cetera. No, obviously not. It doesn’t mean that we have right to express our views regardless of anything there would be indispensable to practice self-censorship before airing our views. One of the famous nepali proverb states that means that if you are well known to the subject matter then only speak, if not so nevertheless spoke about unknown matter regardless. People will charge the earth just for words. We should not express our views regardless of anything either by dominating others or spoke unnecessarily on an occasion. Airing our ideas, opinions, views and recommendation should be self-censored before expressing. That will hurt for us and other everlastingly. cause We should think twice before we speak because the spoken words cannot get back that will hurts other in a long run. For instance, many of our political leaders speak regardless of planning, development or the civil society. Let’s take one example too speak unnecessarily and he doesn’t know that what he spoke, express his opinions without self-censoring. Journalist and news reporter should always convey news, they have right to Freedom of expression, information have to be presented without censoring supporting ones and suppressed others should be prohibited. Pawan Ram Lamichhane
Posted on: 2013-02-07
Posted by: basantaraj paudel
Freedom of expression is a basic human rights guaranteed by law of the state. It is recognized by the major international instruments of human rights which are binding for every state. Though, it is not an absolute right. There are some limitations, which are clearly explained in those clauses. That is, everyone should obey some duties and responsibilities to maintain public morals and to fulfill state’s obligation. Heshe should respect dignity and reputation of others. Heshe should maintain public morals. Heshe should not defame to others. There is no any permission to give speech to be contrary national interest, national integrity, national sovereignty and contempt of court. Hence, everyone should practice self-censorship before airing their views.
Posted on: 2013-02-05
Posted by: Samridhi Yadav
Being a conscious dweller of the nation, for me the word 'freedom' itself signifies the way of sustaining our life freely and 'expression' means the way of delivering our views, thoughts and ideas. I assume the freedom of expression is the most crucial right which is destructive on one hand and constructive on the other hand that depends upon the person's mind and consciousness. We should select our words wisely because it takes a minute to say something but it could hurt someone's feelings to a greater extent in a jiffy. We should take 2 or 3 seconds before speaking and we'll be amazed at how quickly and effectively our mind can organize our thoughts and in turn our words in a way that more effectively gets our point across to others. As we are master of our feelings and views, we cant express ourselves regardless of anything be it religion, caste, color or sentiments. Self censoring our views enable us to intensify our motives towards others in a constructive and positive way rather being catastrophic for the mankind. So, let's enjoy our right in a righteous way without disregarding others right & try to be selective in communication.
Posted on: 2013-02-05
Posted by: Manoj Bohara
Freedom of expression,for me means the right of expressing own's views without harming others rights . One cant express his views whatever he likes to in the name of freedom of expression.Everyone should keep in mind that one's duty is someone's right and one's right is someone's duty. so we should utilise his freedom of expression knowing that safeguarding others right as well is a must. In the present context of Nepal we all people know what it's condition is.Let us take an example of politician.They talk what's on their minds before realising if they can implement or do as per their talks. They should be taught lesson "Look before you leap". And,at last I would like to suggest each and every people to utilise the right of expreesion taking into the consideration of probable aftermaths because of its wrong use.
Posted on: 2013-02-05
Posted by: Praveen Gupta
Freedom of expression is great achievement of democratic rights and freedom. It handover opportunity to participate in decision making and accountability. It is important for people to express their opinions as well obtain information from others and thus gain better understanding. In spite almost every one of us are habitue of some form of self censorship, though country in which we live assurance our freedom of expression. If I take a poll of 100 people, majority of them would assert to be free thinkers, I bet. However when times comes to express their thoughts, most of the people check themselves because of fear of breezing ridiculous or displease or being taunt by their listeners. In my opinion, I postulate that in the world of freedom this is one of the great ironies of life. We’re afraid because we know that those who puts what is on their mind are considered as crackpots. Thus finally we impel to lose touch with our true feelings and thoughts, practicing self censorship. Ultimately we induce presuming in the socially admissible falsehoods and find ourselves stating out of social conditioning and habits. Thus only being honest with ourselves can’t leads to be honest with others.
Posted on: 2013-02-03
Posted by: Gagan Neupane
We are master of our feelings and views what we share. But no one has got right to write wrong words. Besides stating and proving our expressions, reader's has to internalize, respond, react and transform our ideas. Freedom of expression certainly doesn't mean that we can express ourselves without checking the bars, regardless of anything. Self-censoring keeps righteous in the right path, preserves virtues, guards against temptation, shields children from sex and violence et cetera. Otherwise. the powerful feelings may harm and annoy others instead of motivating and imparting knowledge. Moreover, I have realized so far that expressing ourselves is an art, a healthy habit and I do love it.