Freedom of Speech

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Freedom of speech is a fundamental characteristic of human rights. Every individual in Canada has the right to Section 2 of the Charter Rights and Freedom, which is: Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:(a) freedom of conscience and religion;(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication. Media, the most prominent medium for obtaining knowledge nowadays, should not be censored. Yet censorship continues to be a mutual obstacle in most people’s lives. Censorship in the media has been proven to be effecting in causing negative consequences that limit a country’s growth and success, along with the growth of the individuals within. The cause of censorship within the economy, the aspects of negative implications in the political state and education all play a huge factor towards censorship. To begin with, in order to understand the cause and effects of censorship, it is mandatory to differentiate that censorship in the media is a direct result of ones economic conflict within a country. Without the flexibility to develop technologies that can most efficiently serve customers while generating revenue, there will be less private investment in upgrading the capacity of the Internet.2 Larry Lessig of Stanford, a leading proponent of net neutrality, says openly that it will lead to less private investment in the Internet and therefore will require the government to step in with the investment of tax dollars…2Yet the greatest danger of network neutrality may be out-right censorship of speech that it promises. Network neutrality is when the government is giving permission to the Internet provider to check the customers Internet usage, Internet history, rec... ... middle of paper ... ...rnment has to do keep his/her country safe by censoring particular stuff. Censorship disallows one to have freedom of speech. Disrupting the economic expansion of a country is also a huge role played from Censorship, as demonstrated by China and its Great Firewall. The effect of media censorship on the quality of education must also be highlighted, since the degree of a young adult’s open-mindedness to the world can influence his or her level of success. In other words, everything in life is linked and can be affected due to a chain reaction. Comparable to the domino effect, censorship in media affects the personal growth of individuals, which as a result affects the growth and prosperity of the entire nation. Media is a prominent way to effectively communicate with one another and censorship should not be able to stop the individuals from expressing their feelings.

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