Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas using one’s body and property to anyone who is willing to receive them. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.
In another words, we human beings can say our opinions without governmental intervention.
All around the world there are more liberal democracy rather than free societies. There are majority of societies who have lack of free speech due to poverty, discrimination or cultural pressures. Now it is the government that sets rules, it is the politicians that say what we can and we cannot do certain time.
So why is freedom of speech vitally crucial??? Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. It also underpins most other rights and allows them to flourish. The right to speak your mind freely on important issues in society, access information and hold the powers that be to account, plays a vital role in the healthy development process of any society.
That is why there are charities such as NUS (National Union of Students) this is where students are heard. You may not think that students are being discriminated but we are! Students’ Unions across the UK listen to us and try to make it as ‘comfy’ for us as possible whilst staying at university.
Each year around Christmas, there is AGM (Annual General Meeting). This is where students can submit motions and vote for or against it. It is super democratic and powerful. The motions that were voted for will be mentioned in front of the University boards to show that this is what students want and voted for.
There are also opportunities for students to join and participate atOfficer Committee live or on-line.
Recently, we have done focus group that was aimed at students and their position toward university and students’ union. Through this primary research method, the SU will have the opportunity to find out their next moves for their new strategy for the next 3 years. Some arguments were critical and crucial that needed to be changed.
However, not only students must be heard. There are all sort of citizens from all around the world that have lack of support from the government or charities.They need us to listen to them and help them if possible. We could be in the same position. Let’s listen!