Is free speech important?
Are there not words and sentences that are better unsaid? Is it not better just to say you are not allowed to say or do this at all. Limiting our freedom of expression in order to prevent that some groups of our society get offended.
Who is to say what is okay to do and what is not?
Would we ever trust those that got that power?
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
~Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764
I am not scared of the extremists from any camp that wants me to be quiet. I know that these people do not think that we should have democracy or freedom of expression. They want us to bow after their norms and rules.
The Pakistani government is a classic example of a regime that lacks confidence in its own values, and it is ironic that they fight the protests against limitations of free speech by censoring both Facebook and Youtube.
Efficiently decreasing the overall internet traffic in Pakistan by ~25% according to Reuters.
Also by doing this, leaves the “Draw Muhammad” group and its supporters almost unchallenged on both Facebook and Youtube.
I will end this entry with yet another quote by Voltaire.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire
So to all those people who oppose my ideas of liberty and human rights, I respect your right to speak up against me, but I do not respect you when you try by force to censor me, or by death treaths, that just help to weaken your cause to show people that your arguments cannot withhold scrutiny that you have to resort to extremes.
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