OPINION: Social media and freedom of speech
- Credit: Archant
The essential tools of our trade remain, as they have always been, words. Finding the right ones, constructing sentences, telling stories. It’s a craft as old as time itself.
Sometimes, in the haste to hit deadlines, file copy, complete one task and move to another, we fail to find the right words and in serious cases, a prompt apology follows or a lesson is learnt.
Responsible journalism requires it.
But what of social media? What of the vitriol and viciousness to be found there?
We do, of course, monitor our social media accounts and recognise the importance of freedom of speech. It is vital we allow differences of political thought to be aired.
You may also want to watch:
But there are times when, quite simply, individuals need to consider for themselves the potential outcome of their words.
Freedom of speech ought not be an opportunity for all and sundry, hiding behind a keyboard, to attack individuals, to settle old scores for not being in the same political party or opting for a different lifestyle.
- 1 Turners ‘massively impacted’ and Knowles up pay to hire HGV drivers
- 2 Mobile upgrade work may cause TV interference
- 3 ‘Enough is enough’ says MP at the scene of drink drive crash
- 4 MP the “most handsome and kindest member of the government’
- 5 Hunt is on to find stags that escaped from farm
- 6 Villagers team up to honour 'a real character'
- 7 Sex offender caught with 76 of most serious child abuse photos
- 8 ‘Tired and dated’ road can only get better with our 40 new homes, say builders
- 9 'No excuse' not to publish costs says funeral director
- 10 Community group to review case of missing Terry McSpadden
We have seen petty grievances escalate way beyond civilised comment or thought.
Fairness, decency and kindness matter.