Freedom of Speech!

Olivia, Staff Writer

What if writing your opinions and what you think publicly, constantly made you fear for your life?

Should people be murdered for freely commenting on the religion of others?

These are all questions that come to us when we witness events such as the Paris shootings and other tragic press disasters. We all say that it’s not right to kill just because you are offended by someone’s remark but what if you were in that situation? Would you like to be publicly offended because you believe in a certain god or because you wear certain clothes? These things must also be thought of.

What is Freedom of Speech? Should it be allowed for everything? According to the dictionary it is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas using one’s body and property. It’s something that people have argued about for decades and still do today. It should be a part of the basic human rights, we should all be able to express ourselves freely without having to think before we act.

Of course, back in 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt presented the main Human Rights and article 19 states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” So how come we still question this today? Shouldn’t everyone be able to say what they want?

This question will remain with us forever. Humans are sensitive beings and will always be, there’s nothing that can change that. So next time you give your opinion or comment on someone’s character: make sure you think before you act.