I Exercise My Right To Freedom of Speech Through This Site

I presumed you’ve seen the Freedom of Speech tag above of this blogsite. I own this blog and registered for it at Blogger.com in my name, so, I have the rights to claim it. If in case I violated the terms of service through this blog you are free to let me know what is it that made it a violations and I will modify it to make it acceptable to your spirit, if possible, but don’t demand, harass or threat me to do it. The things I posted here are in my willpower and commanding me what to do on this blog is not of your business but there are some exemptions that I will only keep to myself.

I can’t even expressed all the things I write here because of some circumstances, unlike Cofibean's You Want a Piece of Me? postings. I look-up to him as a blogger because he writes what he feels without hesitations and I think he is contented with that because he let out what he feels he wanted to convey, though he is kinda rude and expressive and that character is not what in myself. He only practice Freedom of Speech.

Speaking of Freedom of Speech, What is Freedom of Speech?

According to Wikipedia, Freedom of speech is enshrined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is granted formal recognition by the laws of most nations. Nonetheless the degree to which the right is upheld in practice varies greatly from one nation to another. In some nations with relatively authoritarian forms of government, overt government censorship is enforced, while among liberal democracies, censorship has been claimed to occur in a different form (see propaganda model) and there are different approaches to issues such as hate speech, obscenity and defamation laws.

The first formal request for freedom of speech in recorded history was made by Sir Thomas More in front of the English Parliament and King Henry VIII on April 18, 1523.

International law

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948, provides, in Article 19, that:

Everyone has the right to opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Technically the Declaration is a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly rather than a treaty and so it is not legally binding, in its entirety, on members of the UN, and, while some of its provisions are considered to form part of customary international law, there is dispute as to precisely which provisions do so. Freedom of speech is granted unambiguous protection in international law by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which is binding on around 150 nations. Article 19 provides that:

1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.
3. The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2 of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities. It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be such as are provided by law and are necessary:

(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others;
(b) For the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.

The right is further qualified by Article 20 which prohibits war propaganda, incitement to violence and certain forms of hate speech. In adopting the Covenant the Republic of Ireland, Italy and Luxembourg insisted on reservations to Article 19 in so far as it might be held to affect their systems of regulating and licensing broadcasting [1]. A number of state parties also have official reservations to Article 20.


Freedom Of Speech In Asia

Several Asian countries provide formal legal guarantees of freedom of speech to their citizens. These are not, however, implemented in practice in most places. Countries such as Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, North Korea and Central Asian Republics like Turkmenistan brutally repress freedom of speech. Freedom of speech has been greatly improved in the People's Republic of China in recent years [citation needed], but the level of free expression is still far from that of western nations.

International Freedom of Expression Exchange

The International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), founded in 1992, is a global network of 72 non-governmental organisations that promotes and defends the right to freedom of expression.

Managed by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, IFEX harnesses the power of the Internet to rapidly exchange information and mobilise action on issues such as press freedom, Internet censorship, freedom of information legislation, criminal defamation and insult laws, media concentration and attacks on journalists, writers, human rights defenders and Internet users. A Clearing House in Toronto, Canada coordinates the programmes and activities of IFEX.

The membership of IFEX encompasses a broad array of organisations that work to defend journalists and media personnel, academics, photographers and camera operators, writers, cyber-dissidents, publishers, cartoonists, community radio stations and libraries.


Media Transparency

Media Transparency is the concept of determining how and why information is conveyed through various means.

This is a specific case of the topic, Transparency (humanities). As used in the humanities, it implies openness and accountability. It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning used in the physical sciences: a “transparent” object is one that can be seen through.

In communication studies, Media is transparent when:

* there are many, often competing, sources of information
* much is known about the method of information delivery
* the funding of media production is publicly available

Aspects of transparent media include open source documentation, open meetings, financial disclosure statements, the freedom of information legislation, budgetary review, audit, peer review, etc.

Some organisations and networks insist that not only the ordinary information of interest to the community is made freely available, but that all (or nearly all) meta-levels of organising and decision-making are themselves also published. This is known as radical transparency. These organizations include: Wikipedia, the GNU/Linux community, and Indymedia.

Media Transparency may also refer to the nonprofit organization of the same name devoted to providing information on right-wing funding, especially as it relates to United States media.


Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_transparency
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saeyun
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Thursday, December 07, 2006 1:36:00 PM ×

I may want to add my two cents here about this rob. Of course, we all exercise the right to freedom of speech. But here's the question rob: To what extent are you willing to exercise this? I am not trying to argue here, okay? Like you, I do want to express my thoughts and insights through any mode of communication. But there are some cases that are better left unsaid. Of course, we do admire some certain people who speak their minds about issues. Still, there may be chances that someone may be jeopardized because of this practice.
Again, I am not saying this is bad. I am a Journalism student and I know where, when, and how I use my right. And just like yours Rob, you do practice it freely through this blog.

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Rob
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Thursday, December 07, 2006 1:52:00 PM ×

Yeah, Precisely... but sometimes you just can't help yourself from others bombarding my blogs telling me this and that... anyway that's freedom of speech. But there are some circumstances that we need to be tactful when it comes to public opinions.

By the way, I am not only practicing Freedom Of Speech Here, I also practice my writing skills... You see, I am not a good writer and that is what I'm trying to improve now... anyway, that's that... Tarush...

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wayne
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Thursday, January 18, 2007 4:43:00 AM ×

If you have a blog, it is expected people will comment on what you wrote. Whatever they commented, its there right, thats why there's a comment box. Affected by being so-called bombarded by others is a practice of not a well-diverse blogger.

So relax, we can't please everybody. Continue blogging. I'll continue reading, winks!

Wala lang, comment kunuhay arun mo samot ka kasikat. Iba na talaga ang sikat, charmos, ginamos, termos, timus!

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Rob
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Thursday, January 18, 2007 10:32:00 AM ×

hay naku Winona... Commentor diay japon ka sa ako blog... Charmos... Na-touch jud ko... hehehe... Chuva eklaboo...

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saeyun
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Thursday, January 18, 2007 10:37:00 AM ×

wayne.. you are actually missing the point here. have you read the whole article or not? HELLO!!! We're not talking about blogs here.. and yes.. I know what blogs are made for.. duh!

What I'm getting at here is the "freedom of speech" and how well are you going to exercise it. are you going "freely" exercise it to the point that you have jeopardize someone because of a right??

yes... rob can write anything on this blog for as long as he likes. Heck, he can damn well write about other peoples' lives and gossip about it! But let's face it. some things are meant to be written, and some things are meant to be kept in the closet.. or in the dark perhaps.

Wayne.. wa baya ko nangaway ha! just stating a point here. no question that rob can practice his freedom of speech sa iyahang blog.... but at to what extent lang ang iyahang right.... OKI????

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wayne
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Friday, January 19, 2007 2:50:00 AM ×

Emotional outburst eiiiii!!! winks! No harm done dear. Theres no argument here. Everyone is entitled to there own opinion. But before you ignite your ill will feelings as a result of a real or imagined grievance, just want to stress out that I commented ONLY on the response of Robs. It is not about his blog BUT it is about how he reacted when people bombarded his blog on what he wrote. Honestly, I havent personally read his blog about freedom of speech, so obviously i wasnt endowed with his ideas, ha-ha. Scrutinizing all of these posts which has a two-dimensional representation, can we use freedom of writing instead of freedom of speech? since its a blog. irrational? illogical?

....anyone? winks***

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saeyun
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Friday, January 19, 2007 1:48:00 PM ×

first of all.. i wasn't very emotional. in the first place, i dropped by on this blog to say my piece on what rob posted about his "exercising his right to freedom of speech" or let's say, freedom of writing, like what wayne said.

Now since its a blog, aren't we supposed to comment on an article posted on a blog? and if people criticize on what rob wrote on this article, then rob should really prepare himself to face all these bombarded comments. criticisms can be so mean, and oh so darn shitty. but hey, we're living in a democratic country! after all, like what you said wayne, everyone is entitled to his or own opinions. no question about that.

now, you only commented on what rob said... and it's true. i applaud you for that since you took the time and energy to actually squeeze in some lil comments to boost our writer's ego. bu still, like i said, you're missing the point. the whole point on why we're commenting on this lil box is because we want to raise some reactions on his piece. if you actually cared to read the long, long article about the post on Freedom of Speech, and not just randomly comment on what rob's comment (ahhh so redundant... confusing, eh?) then you would really care to understand why I'm like this. I'm not here to pinpoint out about its importance and what it's made for, since we all know for a fact that a blog is also one tool for communication. this is used to disseminate information, thoughts, and ideas.

but since you never really cared to read the whole damn post... then so be it. and on a lighter side of note wayne, we are arguing here for rob's expense and benefits. we argue here, and he gets all the glory.

Cheers to that ROBS TROY!!!!!

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Rob
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Friday, January 19, 2007 1:58:00 PM ×

Toink!!! absolutely penny... just continue... I like it when people are commenting on my blogs... Damn post eh? hehehe

The Glory is in me...

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wayne
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Friday, January 19, 2007 11:56:00 PM ×

Bravo Penny, lets all cheers for that wonderful comments. But then again, no arguments here dear. Wayne is the person who read comments and not the article written by the blogger, ridiculous? well thats me, haha. We all have distinctive ideas, whatever it is lets leave it to the comment box, aight?

Make love not War : Wayne's World

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