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Freedom of speech a privilege not to be abused – Metro US

Freedom of speech a privilege not to be abused

Re: Do we believe in freedom of speech? (Feb. 25)

I, too, believe in freedom of speech, but not in Mr. Sullivan’s definition — i.e. “If you think it, you can say it.”

Freedom of speech is not only a right, but a privilege.

If said speech is used in a way that hurts someone or makes a significant impact on societal thinking and promotes untruths, abuse and hatred, then it’s an abuse of the privilege to freedom of speech.

Where laws exist to protect society from such abuse, the laws should be enforced to the full extent.

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