Opera News

Opera News App

Freedom of speech and hate speech

BosireMartin
By BosireMartin | self meida writer
Published 27 days ago - 6 views

It is a well-known fact that freedom of speech and expression belongs to the group of fundamental human rights of every person on this planet. Lately, we are witnessing rising concerns about hate speech, is it protected by this basic human right, or freedom of speech should have some limitations? Given the fact that every individual is allowed to express thoughts and beliefs, banning the negative comments would deny his or her basic rights i.e. freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech reinforces all other human rights, thus allowing society to develop and progress at a constant rate. The ability to state our opinion and speak freely is pivotal for any change in society. Throughout history, society evolved thanks to individuals, great thinkers, brave leaders, who were not scared to express their beliefs. Back in time, those beliefs that were contrary to the typical “mindset” would be considered as hate, a hatred towards their way of life, culture, and tradition. The most reputable professors, experts, and campaigners only confirm that free speech has always been used to fight for change, for better times.

Besides reinforcement of other human rights, free speech is also essential due to the ability to hear others and be heard at the same time. We need to hear other people’s views as well as offering them our own opinions. Unfortunately, one of the fastest-growing problems of our society is that people rarely listen to others and acknowledge their takes on certain topics if they don’t agree with them. We should feel comfortable exchanging ideas and thoughts with those who have opposing views. Experts agree that way there would be less “hate speech” circling.

We hear or read the term “hate speech” a lot, especially now with the easy internet access and a multitude of social media websites to join. It comes as no wonder why insulting comments and expressing negative ideas are considered a threat to humanity. A lot of people are anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-gay marriage, and so on. Those who assume hate speech is not a freedom of speech, primarily, focus on the expression of a negative attitude towards certain people and ideas. However, if we start banning people from expressing their beliefs, then what comes next? After one thing, there always comes another, and, eventually, mankind would live in fear of saying anything. The reality is that society has become oversensitive; everything one does not agree with is considered insulting and branded as hate.

Freedom of speech as provided under Article 10 of the human rights Act is the most important human right that every individual has the right to exercise. This freedom comes with the ability to express one’s opinion, regardless of its nature good or bad. Thus it ensures that democracy geminates.

What our society needs today are not limitations of free speech, but making efforts to establish dialogues between people with conflicting beliefs. Listening and being heard will go a long way; that way we could build bridges instead of burning them. 


By Wakili Martin Bosire.

Content created and supplied by: BosireMartin (via Opera News )

Tags:      

Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform

YOU MAY LIKE

Latest Education News That Invited Many Clicks And Are Still Trending

4 minutes ago

1 🔥

Latest Education News That Invited Many Clicks And Are Still Trending

"My Son Is A Confirmation That I Didn't Have Fertility Issues" Mwende Narrates

4 minutes ago

0 🔥

Finally Alex Mathenge Has Revealed The Cost of His 'Police Costume' He Uses in Acting on You Tube

6 minutes ago

1 🔥

Finally Alex Mathenge Has Revealed The Cost of His 'Police Costume' He Uses in Acting on You Tube

"Sijatajwa Hapa?" Bahati's Baby Mama Reacts to His New Song Dear Ex

6 minutes ago

5 🔥

Opinion: Why Kalonzo Musyoka Might Decamp From One Kenya Alliance Before 2022

7 minutes ago

20 🔥

Opinion: Why Kalonzo Musyoka Might Decamp From One Kenya Alliance Before 2022

'I Found Her' Comedian Ofweneke Finds The lady Who Drew Her Boyfriend's Name On Her Eyebrows

7 minutes ago

4 🔥

'I Found Her' Comedian Ofweneke Finds The lady Who Drew Her Boyfriend's Name On Her Eyebrows

Do The Following To Replace Your Lost Birth Certificate

7 minutes ago

0 🔥

Do The Following To Replace Your Lost Birth Certificate

Big Boost to Raila After Mt. Kenya Tycoon Declares Him Best Candidate to Succeed Pres. Uhuru

9 minutes ago

50 🔥

Big Boost to Raila After Mt. Kenya Tycoon Declares Him Best Candidate to Succeed Pres. Uhuru

Counties In Kenya With Less Than 1000 Coronavirus Cases

15 minutes ago

23 🔥

Counties In Kenya With Less Than 1000 Coronavirus Cases

Big Blow to African Union [AU] After USA suspends The Use of This Vaccine [Johnson and Johnson]

19 minutes ago

100 🔥

Big Blow to African Union [AU] After USA suspends The Use of This Vaccine [Johnson and Johnson]

COMMENTS