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For this week’s discussion, I chose the article byGreenblatt, which follows the freedom of speech and how other countries andorganizations are calling for the exile of free-speech protections. Theybelieve that those who offend religions, promote hate, and participate inblasphemy, should be held accountable for voicing these opinions that can beviewed all over the world (Greenblatt, 2013). The freedom of speech is one ofour basic rights given to us through the Constitution and has been held in highregard until recently. The freedom of press has even had backlash in areas suchas Turkey and Pakistan, where journalists are being arrested and attacked bymobs; many are killed (Greenblatt, 2013). The rise of social media and theinternet made it so a person from one part of the world can message someonefrom another but it can also cause a breech in security; which is anotherconcern for countries. Twitter and Facebook are social media sites where peoplecan express their views freely but with the rise of restrictions, countriessuch as France are calling for the identities of people posting hate speech andracist remarks.

One example of a civil liberties violation is when threemembers of a Russian rock band were arrested and found guilty of hooliganism.After a performance they “called for the Virgin Mary to protect Russia againstVladimir Putin” (Greenblatt, 2013). They said this in front of a lot of peoplebut were punished because they spoke out against the president.

I may not agree with comments people make on Facebook andTwitter but it is their right to be an activist or to promote hate. I don’thave to like it or even accept it, but if the civil liberty of free speech istaken away, everything in the media, papers, and social media will be censoreddown to every word. Expression is our fundamental right. Someone can say cruelthings about Christians or Muslims but that does not mean that they should becharged for it. One man stated “We don’t defend Hedegaard’s views but do defendhis right to speak. He can say what he wants” (Greenblatt, 2013). This man wasnot condoning what this other man was saying but they accept his right toexpress himself; that he deserves to have that right. While I understand whythere is a push for religious-sensibility laws or those involving blasphemy,people have a right to express their opinions, even if they go against our ownmoral codes of ethics.

If I were to fight for a cause, I would want to know thatwhat I say would not be used against me. Public administrators will face manyissues in regards to the protection of civil liberties but must also have abalance of responsibilities. There can be compromise but one side should nottake precedence over the other.  Twitter and Facebook want people from allover the world to use their sites but what happens if a particular post(s)offends them? Do they just address that offending post or do they come up withsome type of anti-hate rule for that site; but then wouldn’t that violate theirfreedom of speech? Cooper (2012) stated that public administrators areresponsible for understanding what citizens want and be able to work in theinterest of the public (p.74). While, public administrators must adhere to thepublic, they also must follow their superiors and the rules and regulations oftheir perspective organizations. A balance between a company’s responsibilitiesand an individual’s own responsibilities should be made. Civil liberties are inplace to protect the rights of the public and freedom of speech is one of thoserights. It should be used in that context and not taken in from someone justbecause their particular opinion was met with offense or disgust. One exceptionI would make is if it brought physical harm to a person or a group of people.Some liberties may have to be given up in the fight for the protection of allsociety but freedom of speech will not be one of them.


Respond to the bold paragraph ABOVE by using one of the option below… in APA format with At least two reference…..


· Offer and support an opinion fromhaving read your colleagues’ postings about the responsibilities of publicadministrators who face ethical dilemmas.

· Expand on your colleagues’ postings bysynthesizing information and offering alternatives. 

· If you are more familiar with life in anation outside of the United States, explain how a public administrator in thatcountry or region might respond ethically.

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