I am confused about the concept of freedom of expression. The publication of the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims and the drawing of caricatures of prophet Muhammad that appeared in a French magazine has made me revisit about my own understanding of the concept of freedom of expression.
When Muslims protested, everyone went furious. "How dare could they limit our freedom of expression,?" cried people on social media.
The angry Muslims who were offended by the film that depicted their prophet in a demeaning manner were told "Too bad, so sad."
While I was trying to comprehend the reasoning of the proponents of the film and the cartoons, then, the issue of the topless photos of Kate Middleton had surfaced.
I was surprised and shocked to see the abrupt change of tone altogether by the same advocates of freedom of expression in France where the cartoons were published.
Not long ago I am told there is no limit to freedom of expression -- then the French court going ballistic about publishing the photos.
According to the news, a French court has ordered a magazine publisher to return all digital files of topless photos of the duchess of Cambridge within 24 hours.
The weekly magazine Closer is also forbidden to continue publishing the images of the duke and duchess of Cambridge's private moments, including on its website and tablet. The magazine printed 14 photos of the duchess last week that showed her sunbathing topless while on holiday in southern France, taken with a telephoto lens.
Under the ruling, Closer faces a daily fine of €10,000 if it fails to hand over the photos.
I became riddled with confusion and ambiguity.
Does freedom of expression have limits or is the sky the limit as the proponents of the anti-Islam film are trying to make us believe? Or does it have limits to certain cases and no limits at other instances?
While this clear contradiction has bothered me a lot, I nevertheless gave the French court the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps when it comes to the Royal Family, the standard is quite different, I thought.
In the midst of my personal struggle to reconcile my understanding of freedom of expression in light of the recent events, my confusion grew exponentially as a result of what had taken place in the Canadian Parliament.
When members of the Conservative government were asked to cast their vote on a private members bill to examine part of the Criminal Code to establish when a fetus becomes a legal person, the Minister for the Status of Women, Rona Ambrose, voted in favour of the bill. Then, she was the subject of heated discussion, complaints and even a call for her resignation.
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