- Jun 4, 2009
I agree people have more freedom of expression now than ever before (at least in some ways). That doesn't mean we have enough.I see a lot of evidence that ordinary people have much greater opportunities for free expression that ever before.
Internet-connected computers and phones are affordable by almost everyone (or, indeed, accessible for free in many public libraries). These allow anybody (even a nobody like me) to publish their thoughts to the whole world - via sites like this, newspaper comments section, or (with a little bit of work and a little expense) one's own web-site.
This makes expression and dissemination of one's ideas much easier and effective that ever before.
You can argue that anti-extremist legislation and policing limit this freedom, but the fact that Anjem Choudary was convicted only after many years suggests otherwise.