Freedom of Speech and Expression حرية الكلام و التعبير

                                                                  حرية الكلام و التعبير       
                                     Freedom of Speech and Expression...but what does it mean?

Did you know #1

European Convention on Human Rights       

Article 10 - Expression

Article 10 provides the right to freedom of expression, subject to certain restrictions that are "in accordance with law" and "necessary in a democratic society".

This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas, but allows restrictions for:
  • interests of national security
  • territorial integrity or public safety
  • prevention of disorder or crime
  • protection of health or morals
  • protection of the reputation or the rights of others
  • preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence
  • maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary 
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Did you know #2


In Israel, a law to criminalize Holocaust denial was passed by the Knesset on July 8, 1986.

In France, the Gayssot Act, (voted for on July 13, 1990), makes it illegal to question the existence of crimes that fall in the category of crimes against humanity...


Public incitement

In Germany, Volksverhetzung ("incitement of the people") is a concept in German criminal law that bans the incitement of hatred against a segment of the population. It often applies in (although is not limited to) trials relating to Holocaust denial in Germany.


Can the denial of any tragedy in the culture or religion of any people also be classed as a criminal offense?

Has the law gone too far in limiting freedom of speech?

"No freedom is absolute, and that includes freedom of speech".

"Because we can speak freely, doesn't mean we always should, anywhere we like".

"Freedom to abuse the right to say what you want is unethical"

"What happened to 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'?

"Try exercising your freedom of speech by using abusive language towards a UK police officer".

"During court proceedings one is not at liberty to joke or jest or such a person shall be found in contempt of court. A fine or short prison term is usually the punishment"

"What happens when two rights clash and no one backs down"?

"Where do human rights come from... other  humans or God"?

"Some people just don't hold nothing sacred so they believe they can abuse anything. Funny how you have a word in English which you don't have any application for".