Examples of misuse of freedom of speech

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Freedom of Speech: Crash Course Government and Politics #25

With rights come responsibilities - and in this particular context, one's responsibility involves not invoking chaos, mayhem and discord.

'Hate Speech Is Misusing Freedom of Speech'

The recent unfortunate terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris ignited a debate on freedom of speech and of expression. One side argued that these freedoms have a red line that should not be crossed, while the other maintained that Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights UDHR gives an open door to any form of boundless free speech and expression. Let me first say, that the wise woman Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, who was the widow of President Franklin Roosevelt of the United States and wise men who drafted the UDHR were very well intentioned but committed one assumption; that it was obvious to any right thinking individual, while applying article 19, that reason, conscience and common sense would always prevail without being specified in the article. It is clear, therefore, that if article 19, is considered as a dogma and looked at in isolation of other provisions and intent of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, then this creates a short sighted assumption that freedom of speech and freedom of expression have no limits. The fact that ,human beings have reason and conscience, it helps to use them in all aspects of their lives, including personal judgment of the purpose, intent and possible actions and reactions of the application of free speech and free expression, hence the complementarity of the two articles.

You are now logged in. Forgot your password? I suppose if we were to start highlighting all the awful things European politicians say about freedom of speech, there wouldn't be much time for anything else. But there's room for it every now and then, no? Because I'd like to share some recent comments from Austria's top justice official to Catholic University law students. Wolfgang Brandstetter, Austria's federal minister of justice, gave a February 3 talk at Catholic's law school on hate speech legislation in Austria and the European Union.

I am not convinced. I think propagation of a good act is a healthy activity but propagation of a bad act is negative. I believe that respect and dignity of the Prophet is mighty and no one can harm him by such acts. The point we are ignoring here is the way the Prophet used to react to such actions. There are extremists in all religions.

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Within the past two quarters, the abortion debate on campus has risen to an astronomical level. This is becoming increasingly unacceptable and insensitive. These groups have taken no consideration to the individuals who are directly or indirectly affected by abortion. UCSB prides itself on inclusivity and diversity, yet these groups have actively chosen to ignore the myriad people these images negatively impact. These groups have chosen to overlook these experiences, placing harmful and potentially damaging materials in front of students without so much as a warning. These groups have failed to give students the right to choose to partake in such events, stripping individuals from their choice to practice self-care in topics as deep as abortion. I am in no way representing any group I am affiliated with in regards to my opinion on this matter; however, as a student, I feel personally affected by the insensitivity shown towards the countless people who are affected by abortion.



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    The misuse and abuse of freedom of speech - Daily Times

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    ‘Hate Speech Is Misusing Freedom of Speech’ – inti-revista.org

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