Saturday, 21 October 2017

THE MEANING OF "FREE" EXPRESSION

What is "free"expression? Is it that many don't like it? Disagree?

Dalhousie student Masuma Khan rails against the Canada 150 celebrations, and our ongoing "act of colonialism" on the indigenous peoples.

She writes:


“I firmly believe that me being a settler to this land and being born in so-called Halifax in the land of the Mi’kmaq, it’s my job to stand in solidarity with them and to bring these conversations to the table and work harder towards reconciliation.”

Khan faces serious backlash for her comments. Does it mean she's wrong?

Is the tide of disagreement a measure of her merit?

In my day as a student, we were ruled by a military junta. To express their views about the Argentine government, journalists had to leave the country.

Our neighbours, Uruguay and Chile were democratic, and so journalists wrote from there, as expats. Otherwise they would go to jail.

Reading them today, I realize they were right. At the time, they opposed our government's outrageous expenditures in military hardware, and the mismanagement of the economy. 

My novel "OUTRAGE" describes what happened when our de facto government did not listen to their protests: University and high school students across the country unleashed a tsunami of terror, the likes we had never seen. Our war lasted ten years, and claimed the lives of 10,000 people.




I am grateful for Canadian tolerance and our willingness to discuss issues. Discussion means dialogue. Dialogue spawns compromise. 

Can we keep it this way? Can we keep opinions free?

I would love to hear from you.


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