Join any UK political party, sign on the dotted line and hey presto! Your human right to free speech has just been surrendered.
Free speech is classified as a human right, the right to speak or write an opinion without obstruction from people acting outside the law or from the law itself. Access to free speech is defined and enshrined in laws and constitutions of many countries and in international conventions to which governments have obligated themselves. The right to free speech is, of course, manipulated as a political tool by governments, both by those who are opposed to free speech and by those who present themselves as choosing to allow it.
The concept of access to free speech is misunderstood purposefully by some politically motivated activists. Free speech, as a right, does not include insistence that anyone listens. The right to be heard is not the right to be listened to. Walking away, switching off the radio, blocking on twitter or sticking fingers in ears while singing “la la la” are…
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