Awaaz, Freedom of speech on social media

Freedom of speech has no meaning in PAKISTAN

What is freedom? Freedom is having a chance or the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants and also a state of not being restricted of anything. On the other hand freedom of speech is the power or right to express one’s opinions without censorship, restraint, or legal penalty. However social media is a vast network on which people can comment upload or discard anything they like. Hence the freedom of speech on social media has risen over the period due to the introduction of technology and internet.

After introduction in 1995 of internet in Pakistan and after the easily availability of internet people have started sharing their views on each single thing such as on government , food etc. but with the more advancement people have started uploading and saying whatever they feel like it is also in good way and bad way both. Social media is a venue where one can express his or her views, no matter how favorable or abrasive, and the only expected backlash is the vehement disagreement from one’s friends or followers.

The Department of Justice is entitled to investigate and prosecute individuals who “speak” in violation of this statute on social media.  On one hand, individuals are free to express hatred toward an individual or group of individuals and on the other hand the investigation is taken place then what type of democracy we are following what type of freedom of speech is that when on social media we cannot post anything that can lead to some violation however freedom of speech is freedom of speech whether it creates peace of violation. I don’t think we have freedom of speech on social media.



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