- Category: Asian Firewall and Overall Flexibility of 2
- Published on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:00
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The principle of free speech is as essential as it is controversial; the limits of the right to say whatever an individual desires—of course, with caveats—without suffering immediate repercussions from any institutions, including the government, has been a long-debated issue (Magee). Granted, we have the right to express in speech and writing our opinions on any topic under the sun, and this informs and benefits our democracy. But infringement on the rights of others is a certain exception to this rule: any act that threatens the freedom and/or credibility of another person is not protected by this right. Hate speech, for one, is a clear violation since it might result to other direct violations of law, such as libel, and incite individuals to commit more serious actions, like violence or discrimination (Walker).