The Freedom of Expression has to be exercised as well as protected

Posted by Dissol
Dissol
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on Wednesday, 01 October 2008
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There was a very worrying incident in London recently.  But on scratching the surface, it displays an even more worrying trend…

 

Three people were arrested under the Terrorism Act for fire-bombing a publishing house (Gibson Square).  Gibson Square should be applauded for protecting the Freedom of Expression.  Gibson House decided that they would publish a novel by Sherry Jones, called "The Jewel of Medina", which is about Mohammed's wife, Aisha.  A much larger publishing house (Random House) had previously decided to cave in, and not publish the novel, as they were concerned about repercussions from publishing it.

 

2008 is the 60th anniversary of the UN declaration of Human Rights, it also happens to be the 20th Anniversary since the Satanic Verses by (the now, Sir) Salman Rushdie was published.

 

I do think that the view of Random House that "the publication of this book might be offensive to some in the Muslim community’ and that ‘it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment’" is morally wrong.  This is allowing the terrorist to dictate terms, and is a slippery slope.  There are many things that I read ,hear & see that I find offensive.  Each time, I have a choice - I can ignore it, or I can challenge it.  But I do not have the right to threaten violence to whoever is putting out the offensive material.  Almost anything that may be acceptable to one group of people may be offensive to another group.  But we cannot allow terrorist and religious radical nutcases to act as our censors.

 

The owners & managers of Gibson Square have exercised the Freedom of Expression many times before, and have published books that I am sure that I would find offensive.  But I admire them, and will now go out of my way to try and purchase books that they have published to support them.

 

I do feel that the "Free World" has an obligation to not only protect the freedom of expression, but at times to protect it.  If all publishing houses felt as strongly about this then there would be no chance for the nutcases to target specific companies.  Take the infamous "Danish cartoons" which created such a furore recently.  I think that one answer to the threats that emanated from the terrorists, would have been for every newspaper in the free world to publish the cartoons, as a stand against these sorts of threats.

 

"I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it "  Voltaire


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guardian angel Thursday, 02 October 2008

As i read your blogs it is so evident that you have no concern for truth. Freedom of speech is one thing, freedom of speech using lies is another. Oops sorry i didnt realise you also lie, so it shouldnt make any difference to you (Sweden statistics lie). use your freedom of expression - strip naked and get your wife to wheel you down the road and see what happens. if you get caught, tell them it is your freedom of expression and see if it holds up in court. Not likely. If somebody called your mother or wife a whore, would you allow freedom of expression, despite how your spouse/mother felt. I dont think so. Try and open your mind a little, think outside the box and realise that there is more to life that you and your issues!!!

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Dissol Thursday, 02 October 2008

Guardian Angel - please quit the personal attacks you are very boring! I would suggest that you read up what Freedom of Expression means. :zzz :roll

I am reminded of a great Scottish prop - Mighty Mouse, who called the referee a fucking idiot for giving a penalty against him. The referee immediately moved the penalty another 10 metres and said, \"while we may live in a free country, this is one place where you are not allowed to say things like that, you may think it, but you are not allowed to say it here.\" \"OK\", replied Mighty Mouse, \"then I think you are a fucking idiot then!\"

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