Freedom of speech - must the law be stricter?
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We are a group of 3 students, we have an assignment for social studies where we have to set up a debate online.
we hope that you will react on our debate seriously because it will be graded.
Our debate is about freedom of speech.
We think freedom of speech is a right we should preserve but we think the law should be adjusted because some people misuse their right to say whatever they want and insult people.
This has already gone so far that there is a politician in the Netherlands who is banned from England because of the discriminating things he has said.
We think that he crossed the line but he is not the only one who insults people without being punished because he has the right of freedom of speech and at the moment the law is not very strict.
We think the law should be stricter, limiting the people in what they have to say and stopping them from insulting and discriminating other people.
What do you think about this subject? tell us what you think and why.
Thank you :)
we think that saying that confident people won't be insulted by other people's view is not correct for everyone can sense when they are being insulted and that has one way or another impact on you.
But there is a large difference between insulting someone by pointing out his mistakes or discriminating someone.
Often when freedom of speech crosses the line, someone is discriminated. Discriminating is forbidden by the law and isn't feeling safe more important than saying something insulting or discriminating about someone.
Freedom of speech is a good thing, we agree, and we don't think people shouldn't be allowed to express themselves, we just think there is a difference between expressing yourself and discriminating people. And we think this difference should be pointed out more and crossing the line should not be tolerated.
So how can you specify the toleration limit of something or some person. Even if you became successful in frame all such rules which is a quite tough task then the most hazadrous things arises i.e its negative impacts . since the line is too thin so it can also became a weapon for influencial people for harassing others under the law and if it will happen then it will have even more disastrous impacts because insult by saying something can't be physical but rule can bring physical harassment also.
And even though the toleration limit is different to everyone, there is a limit for most people and we think the law should be adjusted to that limit.
Influencial people might harass others under the law but that already happened in the Netherlands, a politician said things about muslims which couldn't, in the eyes of most people, be tolerated but because there was no law about this he got away with it. if there had been a law which forbids this he perhaps wouldn't have said so much insulting things because with that he would disobey the law and that would endanger his job as a politician.
so making a law about freedom of speech would, in this case and probably in more cases make people think about what they say more because saying something that offends someone would have consequences for their lives.
Let me explain what will happen next if you being a common person will say something unpleasant to a politician it will come under law but viceversa will not since he is holding a power with him , then what will you do u cant go to journalists, cops etc. then your all doors will be closed . So its better to keep open some of the doors then to close all because now when you dont get justice atleast you can reveal all the things through media but if media will also come in censorship then where will you go. Tell.
As you have mentioned that politician said something wrong about a muslim family , you know now atleast you can protest against that politician but after the law, all laws will fall against you and you will not be able to protest because the second person has power and grip over the system. At that momemt you will feel as if you are trapped in your own web .
Thank you a lot.
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