Blog

Just how free is freedom of speech?

Just how free is freedom of speech?

Richards Attorneys

Having said it before, freedom of speech does not justify unfair, untrue or slanderous comments and remarks about a person. When you wish to comment on a post on Facebook, consider this: Have you familiarized yourself with the correctness of the allegations that your opinion is based on? If not, keep your comments for yourself or do so at your own peril. I am gobsmacked by the number of cases that our firm deals with arising from comments posted on Facebook by ill-informed and unsubstantiated information.

Imagine standing on trial in a court of law, and the presiding officer calls in so-called witnesses to testify on their opinions of you instead of the facts? If you are one of those persons acting on ill-fated information and indicting a person based on gossip or sensation, your real character unfolds, and not that of your "subject". That renders you ignorant and prejudiced, and says much about your character. Regretfully, many Facebook users are equally prejudiced and biased as seen from comments on a post about the recent conviction of Jason Rhode.

Moral of the story: Every person has a fair chance to be heard, and unless you have familiarized yourself with the truth, not according to sensation, but after having considered the relevant facts, abstain from commentary or conviction, and consider yourself lucky that you are tried by a system of law where you are innocent until proven guilty. Guilt cannot be established until you have heard and considered all the evidence, including the flaws and contradictions. Evidence cannot be accepted unless it has been verified as the truth.

Now read on and educate yourself about the audi alteram partem rule before you embark on another sensation of untruths.

Just how free is freedom of speech?

Richards Attorneys

Richards Attorneys is fronted by General Practice Attorney, Nicolene Richards who established her law firm in 2009. Nicolene offers her legal services to clients in the greater Gansbaai area. Richards Attorneys specialises in the drafting and vetting of agreements, divorce law, maintenance, litigati...

View Profile

What is Xplorio?

Xplorio is your local connection allowing you to find anything and everything about a town.

WATCH THE VIDEO: Welcome to Arniston
Read More

Other Articles

Getting African Penguin Back To De Hoop!

Getting African Penguin Back To De Hoop!

A bold and wonderful initiative to restore the area's ecology and lure African penguins back to our coast!

De Hoop Collection
Why Solar Power?

Why Solar Power?

Because it works - the sun does not send you an electricity bill!

Solartech Overberg
Lesley Beake Writing Course @ De Hoop!

Lesley Beake Writing Course @ De Hoop!

Join Lesley Beake at the fabulous De Hoop Collection, near the end of Africa, for an enlightening, unique writing course.

De Hoop Collection
HEALTH MATTERS: 'Inflammaging' VS Youthful Living

HEALTH MATTERS: 'Inflammaging' VS Youthful Living

Learn more about holistic, integrative treatment options to chronic inflammation.

DEFENDoor Clear View Electric Fences

DEFENDoor Clear View Electric Fences

How can DEFENDoor Clear View Electric Fences help your property? Check out here some benefits.

DEFENDoor Overberg
2nd in Top Outdoor Activities in the Region

2nd in Top Outdoor Activities in the Region

Our first TripAdvisor review was one year ago... and now here we are at number two...

See All Articles
E_WARNING : strpos() expects at least 2 parameters, 1 given