Tag Archives: freedom of expression
This week on Facebook: An acquaintance in the USA remarked, with barbed facetiousness, on political correctness (PC). Having decided to address PC this week I was surprised (although I shouldn’t have been) at how difficult it was to find articles that weren’t accusing the US presidential candidate Donald Trump of incorrect PC in very non PC terms. Even dismissing these articles, I didn’t find many that objectively addressed the PC issue but there were plenty that invoked the PC argument to suppress freedom of expression. Read more of this post
This week on Facebook: The media celebrated the 25th anniversary of the world wide web this year, reserving a special accolade for its instigator — British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee. History may judge the last 25 years to be the time when, in one sense at least, the internet really did make the world a global village. A village where nothing, or very little, remains hidden from those who live in it. Global village neighbours expose themselves — in every sense of the word — both literally and figuratively on social media. A media that enables global neighbours to express opinions and views, within or without laws that may govern another neighbour’s behaviour. Politicians use their public administration to propagandise policy influencing public opinion and in many cases censoring public access to the internet. Read more of this post
This week on Facebook: Modern mediums of communication, especially the euphemistically termed ‘social – media’ (of which this medium is a part) expose us all to what many consider to be the abuse of free expression. It is paradoxical that the Human Rights Act 1998, in guaranteeing the freedom of expression, enshrined in Article 10 of the ECHR, is now regularly used in attempts to curb this freedom. Read more of this post
Monday February 8: My Facebook Page provided a link with the title When College Radicals Obliterate History in which the authors use the term malware to describe what they call radical attacks on history. Malware is malicious in its intent and I’m not sure that such a generalisation is valid here. History is perhaps the one subject where the right connection may not necessarily be made between correlation and causation, nevertheless any connection between the two is guaranteed to be controversial and long may it continue. Read more of this post
In 2008 Sir Ken Macdonald, QC, the then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) gave a speech on Free Expression and the Rule of Law at the Birmingham Law School, remarking that:
“An opinion, in and of itself, cannot be criminal. Ever. Just as the law should not attack thought, it should also be slow to proscribe speech or expression simply because it is capable of causing offence. If you want to be able to say things that others don’t like or find challenging, you need to be willing to hear things that you don’t like”.
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