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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Freedom and Censorship

In my previous post I got a comment, and as I've read in numerous blogs, that they're against censorship no matter what it was. Usually I agree, but I think I've come to a different conclusion after being failed by my surroundings again and again...

One of the things I stand for is freedom; freedom of everything of everything - freedom of thought, freedom of speech, of action, etc. So naturally, I'm against censorship.

But before everything, freedom is earned. We've already been given freedom and we've insulted and abused it. "7oriyatok taqif 3ind 7oareyat alakhareen" (Your freedom stops when you step upon other people's freedom). When we insult and bash one another, in what can be only described as the most vulgar, demeaning, rude, and cheapest way to do so, we're saying we don't deserve having our freedom because we're abusing it and not allowing each other to have freedom of thought and belief because it's not what we think or believe. Hypocritical? Indeed.

When man cannot respect their fellow man, when freedom is made an insult of, freedom is not earned, freedom is not deserved! Freedom is not merely a word - it is an ideal to stand and strive for.

It is one thing to have freedom in learning, reading, in knowing about everything. It is another thing to abuse this privilege of freedom with using the ounce of knowledge you know to insult the freedom of another (such as what happened with the show lilkha6aya thaman). That is not freedom. When you stand, strive and seek for freedom, it does not mean it's freedom for yourself or your kind alone, and that's what I think we're forgetting here in the Arab world. And that's why I'm starting to believe more and more that we're not worthy of freedom.

Instead of being concerned about the censorship of insulting stupid meaningless shows (in my opinion the censorship of the stupidity and shallowness idle minds reached to - which is probably a good thing for our sake), we should be more concerned about censorship of books and knowledge; if they take away that they're taking away more than just freedom of knowledge, it's freedom of choice, of thought, of speech - the freedom to be yourself. Knowledge is power - let's fight for that instead.


  • Love your post - I always say that censorship here is stupid - they just take away ANY thing....

    By Anonymous chikapappi, at 22/9/07 12:21 PM  

  • I too agree with freedom, but even that needs to have limits. I don't only mean when it tresspasses on someone else's freedom. There has to be guidelines. However, no one has the right to limit freedom of choice and knowledge. I believe these are the most sacred of all freedoms!

    By Blogger N., at 22/9/07 1:23 PM  

  • "When man cannot respect their fellow man, when freedom is made an insult of, freedom is not earned, freedom is not deserved!"


    i've always considered myself against censorship, but at the same time i've seen some useless and disrespectful things that i truely thought should be banned or censored.. in this post, i've gotten a better idea of how people should use censorship and whether is EARNED or not.. u seriously rock, ta3jebeeni :D

    By Blogger Swair., at 22/9/07 2:49 PM  

  • i totally agree
    things like that stupid shows only want to generate drama
    they do not think of consequences!
    nothing is without limits
    even freedom

    By Blogger eshda3wa, at 23/9/07 1:57 AM  

  • freedom was not earned, that’s how god gave it to Adam. In a different setting, one would live upon his actions, freedom to choose and therefore accepting the consequences. Preventing things before it happens leaves one forever in Eden. I guess that’s how man grows.

    By Blogger error, at 23/9/07 3:40 AM  

  • Amazing post...I am against censorship :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 23/9/07 4:55 PM  

  • I love your post .. Exactly what I am thinking..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 25/9/07 2:19 AM  

  • Nice blog you got here :)

    And I would like to say that this post of yours gave me a different perspective to censorship Vs Freedom...


    By Blogger Canc3riaN, at 30/9/07 12:34 AM  

  • I agree - freedom of any kind carried responsibilities and accountability. Don't you censor those who might comment on your blog using unacceptable language or hate language? We teach our children not to use "those words" . . .we censor, but we work hard to do it with judgement.

    By Blogger Intlxpatr, at 4/10/07 3:14 PM  

  • "knowledge is power" i fully agree. just like today, i was engaged in some sort of a debate on whether kuwait had too many laws and regulations restricting its modernization. on my defense, i argued that regulations should exist so that q8 wudint cross its traditional and religious boundaries, but wht we lack is knowledge and skills to improve as a nation.. so ya, knowledge is power, no matter the circumstances

    By Blogger Lone Ranger'ess, at 12/11/07 10:37 PM  

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