Archive for the ‘freedom of expression’ Category

Quote of the day, Sept. 18

September 18, 2017

Hugo Black, on the First Amendment (1942)

“Freedom to speak and write about public questions is as important to the life of our government as is the heart to the human body.”

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Quote of the day, Sept. 1

September 1, 2017

Judge Murray Gurfein, on press freedom (1971)

“A cantankerous press, an obstinate press, a ubiquitous press must be suffered by those in authority in order to preserve the even greater values of freedom of expression and the right of the people to know.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 22

August 22, 2017

Bob Marley, from “Get Up, Stand Up”

So you better:
Get up, stand up! (In the morning! Git it up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Stand up for our rights!)
Get up, stand up!
Don’t give up the fight! (Don’t give it up, don’t give it up!)
Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( … )
Don’t give up the fight! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( … )
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up!
Don’t give up the fight!

Quote of the day, Aug. 15

August 15, 2017

John D. Stevens, on freedom of expression (1971)

“Modern freedom, spawned out of the mutual need for toleration enforced by urban living, is a much more positive freedom than old one which was based on elbow room. It is easy to be tolerant of a neighbor is his farm was 15 miles away and over a mountain; it is not so easy to be tolerant of him if the eaves of your house almost touch, if his dog howls at night and keeps you awake, of is his children tromp down your flower beds.”

Quote of the day, July 25

July 25, 2017

Salman Rushdie, on the fundamentals of an open society

“Two things form the bedrock of any open society—freedom of expression and rule of law. If you don’t have those things, you don’t have a free country.”

Quote of the day, March 22

March 22, 2017

Martin Luther

“I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other, so help me God.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 13

September 12, 2016

 James Wolfensohn, on press freedom

“A free press is not a luxury.  A free press is at the absolute core of equitable development because if you cannot enfranchise poor people, if they do not have a right to expression, if there is no searchlight on corruption and inequitable practices, you cannot build the public consensus to bring about change.”

Quote of the day, June 29

June 28, 2016

Clark Kerr, on free speech

“The university is not engaged in making ideas safe for students. It is engaged in making students safe for ideas. Thus it permits the freest expression of views before students, trusting to their good sense in passing judgment on these views. Only in this way can it best serve American democracy.”

Quote of the day, May 15

May 14, 2015

John Mellencamp, “Freedom of Speech” (2014)

Freedom of speech
Freedom to say
Freedom to think
Freedom of Speech
This is my lucky day
Freedom of thought
Freedom of dreams
Freedom to believe
That we all can be kings
(more…)

Quote of the day, May 4

May 4, 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (2015)

“Quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society’s development. It also works to expose injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power. Freedom of expression and press freedom are not luxury attributes that can wait until sustainable development has been achieved—it is an enabler for the enjoyment of all human rights and, therefore, vital to good governance and the rule of law.”