Is Freedom of Speech Only for the Majority Now?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has stated that freedom of speech is guaranteed for every human being. But when you’re a part of the minority, people tend to ignore your opinion, even trying to stop you from speaking up. Does the freedom of speech only belong to the majority? Is the majority’s voice supposedly morally correct?

Let’s examine what is written in the UDHR. According to the article 19,

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless the frontier.”

From the passage, it is obviously said that people are given the chances to state what they think without any barriers. Unfortunately, freedom of speech doesn’t seem belong to minority. There are a few cases in which people are too ignorant to appreciate one’s voice, or even abuse the one who speaks their mind. These tragedies actually lead to a serious question; for whom does freedom of speech belong to?

If people, the minority, are given a chance to speak up, will they be heard?Because it seems like somehow no matter how loud the minorities’ voices are, the majority groups are still winning. They have the power to control the crowd in order to pass their opinions as the right one. They don’t hesitate to fill the media with their doctrines and command them to show things that are supposedly correct. They use the concept of norms so that the things they do can be acceptable in the society, because basically norm is an accepted standard or a way of behaving or doing things that most people agree with. If a big group of people with a big number of members agree of doing a thing, they will considered it as normative and in the end they will shove what is the so-called truth into the rest of the people. If this happens, the minority circle has no choice but following because they don’t have much power to resist. Even if the deeds are wrong, they still have to do it anyway because if not, then there will be a lot more people who will fight against them. We can’t let this thing happen. What if by doing the opposite is actually the right thing to do but people are not able to listen to it because they can only hear voices of nonsense and false truth?

Freedom of speech belongs to everyone, regardless their status in the society. No matter which group you belong to, your voice do matter. Speak up and fight, because everyone deserves to be heard.

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Natasya Fila Rais is an 18 years old child actress, musician, novelist, and journalist. Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, she has been writing since the age of 7. Her debut young adult novel, "Ephemerae" was released on January 12th, 2017. Natasya also enjoys reading books, listening to music, singing, playing guitar, and traveling. She is a feminist. Her concern about social justice issues is one of the reasons why she begins to touch the world of journalism.

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