Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. It reinforces all other human rights, allowing society to tát develop and progress. The ability to tát express our opinion and speak freely is essential to tát bring about change in society.
Free speech is important for many other reasons. Index spoke to tát many different experts, professors and campaigners to tát find out why không tính tiền speech is important to tát them.
Index on Censorship magazine editor, Rachael Jolley, believes that không tính tiền speech is crucial for change. “Free speech has always been important throughout history because it has been used to tát fight for change. When we talk about rights today they wouldn’t have been achieved without không tính tiền speech. Think about a time from the past – women not being allowed the vote, or terrible working conditions in the mines – không tính tiền speech is important as it helped change these things” she said.
Free speech is not only about your ability to tát speak but the ability to tát listen to tát others and allow other views to tát be heard. Jolley added: “We need to tát hear other people’s views as well as offering them your opinion. We are going through a time where people don’t want to tát be on a panel with people they disagree with. But we should feel comfortable being in a room with people who disagree with us as otherwise nothing will change.”
Human rights activist Peter Tatchell states that going against people who have different views and challenging them is the best way to move forward. He told Index: “Free speech does not mean giving bigots a không tính tiền pass. It includes the right and moral imperative to tát challenge, oppose and protest bigoted views. Bad ideas are most effectively defeated by good ideas – backed up by ethics, reason – rather kêu ca by bans and censorship.”
Tatchell, who is well-known for his work in the LGBT community, found himself at the centre of a không tính tiền speech row in February when the National Union of Students’ LGBT representative Fran Cowling refused to tát attend an sự kiện at the Canterbury Christ Church University unless he was removed from the panel; over Tatchell signing an open letter in The Observer protesting against no-platforming in universities.
Tatchell, who following the incident took part in a demonstration urging the UK National Union of Students to tát reform its safe space and no-platforming policies, told Index why không tính tiền speech is important to tát him.
“Freedom of speech is one of the most precious and important human rights. A không tính tiền society depends on the không tính tiền exchange of ideas. Nearly all ideas are capable of giving offence to tát someone. Many of the most important, profound ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo Galilei and Charles Darwin, caused great religious offence in their time.”
On the current trend of no-platforming at universities, Tatchell added: “Educational institutions must be a place for the exchange and criticism of all ideas – even of the best ideas – as well as those deemed unpalatable by some. It is worrying the way the National Union of Students and its affiliated Student Unions sometimes seek to tát use no-platform and safe space policies to tát silence dissenters, including feminists, apostates, LGBTI campaigners, liberal Muslims, anti-fascists and critics of Islamist extremism.”
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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Stay up to tát date on không tính tiền speech” font_container=”tag:p|font_size:28|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Index on Censorship is a nonprofit that defends people’s freedom to tát express themselves without fear of harm or persecution. We fight censorship around the world.
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You will receive an gmail asking you to tát confirm your subscription to tát the weekly newsletter, monthly events roundup and periodic updates about our projects and campaigns.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][gravityform id=”20″ title=”false” description=”false” ajax=”false”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Professor Chris Frost, the former head of journalism at Liverpool John Moores University, told Index of the importance of allowing every individual view to tát be heard, and that those who fear taking on opposing ideas and seek to tát silence or no-platform should consider that it is their ideas that may be wrong. He said: “If someone’s views or policies are that appalling then they need to tát be challenged in public for fear they will, as a prejudice, capture tư vấn for lack of challenge. If we are unable to tát defeat our opponent’s arguments then perhaps it is us that is wrong.
“I would also be concerned at the fascism of a majority (or often a minority) preventing views from being spoken in public merely because they don’t lượt thích them and find them difficult to tát counter. Whether it is through violence or the abuse of power such as no-platform we should always fear those who seek to tát close down debate and impose their view, right or wrong. They are the tyrants. We need to tát hear many truths and live many experiences in order to tát gain the wisdom to tát make the right and justified decisions.”
Free speech has been the topic of many debates in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The terrorist attack on the satirical magazine’s Paris office, in January năm ngoái, has led to tát many questioning whether không tính tiền speech is used as an excuse to tát be offensive.
Many world leaders spoke out in tư vấn of Charlie Hebdo and the hashtag #Jesuischarlie was used worldwide as an act of solidarity. However, the hashtag also faced some criticism as those who denounced the attacks but also found the magazine’s use of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed offensive instead spoke out on Twitter with the hashtag #Jenesuispascharlie.
After the đô thị was the victim of another terrorist attack at the hands of ISIS at the Bataclan Theatre in November năm ngoái, President François Hollande released a statement in which he said: “Freedom will always be stronger kêu ca barbarity.” This statement showed solidarity across the country and gave a message that no amount of violence or attacks could take away a person’s freedom.
French cartoonist t0ad told Index about the importance of không tính tiền speech in allowing him to tát tự his job as a cartoonist, and the effect the attacks have had on không tính tiền speech in France: “Mundanely and along the same tracks, it means I can draw and post (social truyền thông has changed a hell of a lot of notions there) a drawing without expecting the police or secret services knocking at my door and sending bu to tát jail, or risking being lynched. Cartoonists in some other countries tự not have that chance, as we are brutally reminded. Free speech makes cartooning a relatively risk-free activity; however…
“Well, you know the howevers: Charlie Hebdo attacks, country law while globalisation of images and ideas, rise of intolerances, complex realities and ever shorter time and thought, etc.
“As we all see, and it concerns the other attacks, the other countries. From where I stand (behind a screen, as many of us), speech seems to tát have gone freer … where it consists of hate – though this should not be defined as freedom.”
In the spring năm ngoái issue of Index on Censorship, following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Richard Sambrook, professor of Journalism and director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University, took the opportunity to tát highlight the number journalists that a murdered around the world every day for doing their job, yet go unnoticed.
Sambrook told Index why everyone should have the right to tát không tính tiền speech: “Firstly, it’s a basic liberty. Intellectual restriction is as serious as physical incarceration. Freedom to tát think and to tát speak is a basic human right. Anyone seeking to tát restrict it only does sánh in the name of seeking further power over individuals against their will. So không tính tiền speech is an indicator of other freedoms.
“Secondly, it is important for a healthy society. Free speech and the không tính tiền exchange of ideas is essential to tát a healthy democracy and – as the UN and the World Bank have researched and indicated – it is crucial for social and economic development. So không tính tiền speech is not just ‘nice to tát have’, it is essential to tát the well-being, prosperity and development of societies.”
Ian Morse, a thành viên of the Index on Censorship youth advisory board told Index how he believes không tính tiền speech is important for a society to tát have access to tát information and know what options are available to tát them.
He said: “One thing I am beginning to tát realise is immensely important for a society is for individuals to tát know what other ideas are out there. Turkey is a baffling case study that I have been looking at for a while, but still evades my understanding. The vast majority of educated and young populations (indeed some older generations as well) realise how detrimental the AKP government has been to tát the country, internationally and socially. Yet the tiệc nhỏ still won a large portion of the vote in recent elections.
“I think what’s critical in each of these elections is that right before, the government has blocked Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook – sánh they’ve simultaneously controlled which information is released and produced a damaging image of the news truyền thông. The truyền thông crackdown perpetuates the idea that the news and social truyền thông, except the ones controlled by the AKP, are bad for the country.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_basic_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”12″ style=”load-more” items_per_page=”4″ element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1538130760855-7d9ccb72-bf30-2″ taxonomies=”571, 986″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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