The media craves to blabber about recent knowledge and gossip that has occurred but they face a certain obstacle every time they wish to chatter – their old nemesis: Censorship.
Censorship was introduced to prevent certain information or images from being revealed to the public. Material can be censored for reasons such as controversiality, cultural sensitivity and ethical values. Many argue that censorship violates the right to freedom of speech.
Yasmeen Kalla, a delegate in the Human Rights Commision 1 said “Freedom of speech is the right to express your thoughts and feelings through images, writing, speeches, etc., without having to feel judged.”
‘The News That Didn’t Make The News’
Project Censored is an organization that helps fight against censorship and media freedom.
Their mission statement states: “Project Censored educates students and the public about the importance of a truly free press for democratic self-government. We expose and oppose news censorship and we promote independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking.”
‘A right to freedom of speech’, but do we have the right to it?
Recent best selling author George R. R. Martin once said “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”
Freedom of speech is allowing individuals to express their emotions freely, but has this line been blurred in our societies today?
By Hessa Al-Kubaisi
Photo By Aya El-Husseini