I am on med, and therefore, most of you won’t be seeing me chirping much in blogosphere these few days. Yes, people. I am in a very, very dark and foul mood. The not so sweet fairy, is back, people.
I’ve wanted to sleep, but as of late, I’ve noticed that bloggers have been arrested for their writing. For insulting royal institution, for expressing their strong opinion against certain issues and whatnot, and this disturbed my mind greatly.
Mind you, this will not be another one of my opinionated view on certain current sensitive current issue, but I’d like to share something that someone wise said recently. I’ve always admired this man for his opinions and vision, because even when he doesn’t really make sense at first(see ringgit peg, see KLIA and see also Sepang F1 Circuit), he proves himself right as time passes by.
Former premier, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said bloggers should follow his lead and stick to facts if they want to stay on the right side of the law.
â€œBloggers should not unnecessarily do things that are not going to benefit anybody. Why use your blog to insult people?â€
Mahathir said this is how he has evaded arrest, despite ruffling feathers through his acerbic writings – of which one of the most recent accused the US government of having staging the Sept 11, 2001 attacks.
Perhaps, most of you may not be interested in Tun Dr. M’s word, as you probably think… hey… I am a mummy blogger, I am a foodie blogger, I talk about my personal stuff and happenings or even, I just gossip around about things that does not concern me, and therefore, the man’s word should not be taken into consideration, because it does not apply to me at all. It is completely irreverent to me, and I should brush it off.
But then again, his words interest me immensely, because my dear readers, sometimes… we have the tendency to write about people, and people are not even aware about it because we never bothered to ask permission from the subject in question. I suppose…it is okay if we write up good things such as birthday greetingsÂ and not offensive things about them.
But I am aware that sometimes, bloggers gossip about other’s personal matters. Sometimes, it is not just plain annoying, but a royal pain in the eyes to see. It is absolute eyesore, and never failed to disgust me to no end.
We may and may not realize this… that when we write unfavourably about someone that we know, and maybe we don’t know at all- about people that we merely encountered on the street, but do you realize that we can sometimes be subjected to defamation and slander for writing about them because in truth, we do not have the whole picture and as we write and ‘share’ our opinions, we tend to judge and take sides?
Some people may do this for fun, just to attract traffic and improve their comment counts, but do you know that when you do so, you might have shun the person in the eyes of public, and they could actually take action against you?
You may justify your actions by saying “I am just sharing”, ” I just want to know what people think about this so and so issue regarding so and so”, but when it comes to law, such justification is absolutely unjustifiable? You may say that “Hey, this is my space, I can write whatever I like…so, buzz off if you don’t like what I write”.
However, I seriously think that freedom of speech comes with great responsibility. One should write responsibly and ethically. When you shun someone in the eyes of the public and cause damage to one’s reputation, you are defaming people, and people have rights to take legal actions against you in mitigations of damage.
Well, many of you might not know that your articles may be defaming, slanderous or even invading one’s privacy, but I hope, all of you will thread carefully, because we’ll never know when you offend people and when people decide to put you into a cauldron of hot soup.
Cleffairy: Writing is power. And with power, comes great responsibility. Either bear the responsibility, or be prepared for the consequences of your own actions.