Freedom of Expression

In light of the Charlie Hebdo killings in France: Free speech comes at a price, and over the years the media, the arts and others have paid dearly.

Breise! Breise! Extra! Extra!

It would be very easy for me to start off this blog post with a sentence like: So long as we don’t insult or intentionally offend others, free speech and the right to it, should be a universal right. But politeness shouldn’t prevent the truth from being told.

Art is truth, we’ve all heard that before. The truth isn’t always pretty, in fact more often than not the truth can be downright ugly. And ugly needs full exposure. Art, be it through film or written word, has helped expose many an ugly truth.

In the last two years the right to freedom of expression through the media and free speech has come under the hammer. There have been a few cases that challenged the right to say what we really think, and say it out loud.

Wikileaks and Julian Assange brought the right to free speech into a new electronic age. The Wikileaks cables put thousands of…

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