if you say it, you could serve time

A reminder that “free speech” does not have a universal definition…

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Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested under The Internal Security Act which allows for detention without trial because his articles had insulted Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

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An American blogger has been sentenced to three months’ jail for accusing a Singapore judge of “prostituting herself during the entire proceedings, by being nothing more than an employee of Mr Lee Kuan Yew and his son and carrying out their orders”…

The sentencing Justice said to him: “The rights of freedom of speech and expression are qualified and… do not entitle you to insult Justice Ang in the way that you have done.”

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We’ve all been told we should “think before we speak”…and that applies to any, and all types of, communication. The rules are not the same all over the world.

(It’s one of the reasons I have a blog hosted in a country where it is very difficult for it to be removed from the internet.)

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