Is this freedom of speech?
I refer YouTube video at end of this paragraph. Please note that the video contains strong offensive comments, definitely not for children’s ears. The video has 12+ million views by now, and counting. You have been warned of the content again, and here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i47HoiM0Au8
Emma West, who is in the video with a kid (son?) in her lap was remanded and is in custody till 3rd January. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-16051120. It is unfortunate that Emma West might miss Christmas and New Year celebrations with her family.
You have seen the video; what do you think? Does this come under freedom of speech? Britain First thinks so, and has started campaign “Free Emma West”. Their main argument is Emma West has Freedom of Speech like any other person.
No doubt, each and every person in this world has right to their Freedom of Speech. But Freedom of Speech is subject to respect of the rights and reputation of others. It is a great idea, brought in to existence by the United Nations.
The first article (http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml says: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” I fail to see this spirit in the tram incident in the YouTube video. Freedom of Speech cannot be used as an excuse for abusive, foul language – that too in front of children.
What is your opinion?