Journalists and online writers have the ability to shine a bright spotlight down onto the hot topics in the news and to easily voice their opinions – not only through printed publication, put also over perhaps one of the most beneficial devices to the modern writer: the Internet. For the most part, the Internet provides a resource which allows everybody with a connection to say what they think, present their views, listen to what other people have to say and share opinions. However, some countries are now ban access to websites and are beginning to extinguish those bright spotlights, simply because the discussion surrounding them are not incredibly appealing to them.
As with many countries, although some with more justifiable reasons than others, Iran and China have been just two countries which have previously blocked web-access to YouTube. Iran has blocked Twitter, Facebook, television and radio access recently due to the buzz surrounding the presidential elections – some of the opinions being shared are not doing particularly well for some people and so some governments use their power as an advantage to put a silence to those brave enough to speak up and share what they want to say.
I am a huge believer in free speech. I like to be able to say what I think about something, and I like the ability to be able to discuss and debate with other people what I believe to be right and wrong. Even countries like the United States have given Barack Obama the power to shut off the Internet, if he found it necessary for the protection of America and her interests, with no regard for laws or rules. This rule was even passed on April 1, as if ridiculing the fact that some people will see it as a joke. What does free speech mean when so many countries are disregarding the rules that they have set in place so that they can block websites that may not be praising or convenient for them?
So, my main question is – has the Internet’s power of free speech and the importance that holds slowly fading away as countries ignore their rules for their own convenience? Is it removing our entitlement to an opinion and is it meaning that as every day goes by, the Internet represents fewer aspects and opportunities for free speech? Put your right to free speech to work – leave a comment for the world to hear!