Monday, February 10, 2014

The Importance Of Freedom Of Speech
The application of Article19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Freedom of thought, opinion and expression are essential for life and progress, for democracy and accountability.
In it’s presence diversity and equality flourish. There is no room for domination and monopoly.
Without free speech, without critical thinking and without a debate ignorance spread and corruption prevails. It nourishes narrow-mindedness and suffocate creativity and innovation.
Without free speech our thoughts are suppressed and we cannot express ourselves freely and we are bound by fear.

"Freedom from fear could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights”.
Dag Hammarskjold
Freedom of speech, in spite the negative criticism against it, does not endanger my life. It is a place for me to freely live, think, speak, question and create.
A place where we can have different views and belief and make people accountable to one another without fear or intimidation.

Freedom of speech puts us all on a platform where we are equal without one superior over the other.
I do not want to be where there is no freedom of speech.
Where I can not speak my mind or question.

Where I cannot think different or be different.
Where I am criminalized for not conforming to the status quo of thought and punished when my words oppose the existing narrative.

We need to stand together against any restriction on freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech dictators and tyrants take over absolute power.
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter”. George Washington
Kamal Fahmi
Set My People Free 
International Executive Director 

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