The Meaning of Online Freedom

Communication is one of the basic functions and needs of human beings. We communicate our thoughts, our ideas, our opinions, our values, our ideals and our reflections to other people. Without communication, we start to feel trapped and cornered by our own ideas and opinions since we are kept at bay from expressing them. That is why freedom of expression can never be denied to anyone.

The freedom of expression is recognized under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and distinguished as an international human rights law, making it a human right that everyone is entitled to have. It is stated that everyone has the right to have their own opinion without any interference or obstruction.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Expressing your own ideas and thoughts is essential in your privilege, not only as a citizen, but as a human being. The freedom of expression not only includes delivering and expressing yourself. It also includes imparting, receiving and seeking information, ideas and opinions in any form that is applicable and acceptable by the norms of society. Though it may be limited by the law such as libel, slander or defamation, freedom of expression is an essential right that any person has.

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But the issue now is there are people, groups and places that hinder our right to express ourselves freely. There is a slow but steady establishment of laws and norms that govern and control our actions in regards to the way we conduct ourselves online. By creating blog posts, posting comments or replying to messages, we have that right of freely expressing ourselves. But with how the law is taking steps to initiate and hinder the freedom of expressing ourselves on the Internet, it brings only a feeling of being trapped and cornered.

What is freedom if you can’t even express yourself? What is the use of the right to freedom of expression if you’re only going to get obstructed by laws that prevent you from presenting your thoughts and ideas? Delivering your opinions and imparting your knowledge to others is important and shouldn’t just be taken away from anyone. Without the capability of expressing ourselves, the democratic aspect of our society will crumble and along with it comes unsettling of the people.

However, freedom of expression also entails responsibility. Though we have the privilege to express our own ideas, we should also make sure that these ideas and opinions are of benefit and not of harm. As true freedom isn’t just saying or doing what you want to do. True freedom is doing what you ought to do. visit mst-online for more…