nation We all love independence in our thinking, in our ways of work and in our association with friends, family and co-workers. We need to be respected at school, in hospitals, at work or in the public.
We love to speak out our thoughts, to be listened and to have our interests recognized and implemented in decision making so that we don’t feel left out.

We also love to share insights in matters that concern us and affects the fraternity of our friends, family and others in the society.
Most of all, our cherished value is to have those thoughts, insights and interests protected from undue interference from any authority or legislation of any law abridging our freedom of speech and expression.
We want assurance that our voices are heard and form part of decisions made by the government or other government functions. We feel great that our actions and protests can obliterate any impunity course which may arise due to greed, dishonesty, immoral ambitions or selfishness of our leaders.

                       “We all want a better world”

                 But how do we go championing our concerns?

Tyler Tyler
I’m lost

Gretchen Gretchen
I realized that when I so no flag on this place.

Tyler Tyler
Is this some sort of church convention?
Tanya Tanya
This must be a speech site for the deaf and mute.

Tyler Tyler
Tanya, you must be kidding, right?

Betty Betty
Com’on guys. Be serious. You need to check on various categories in this site and learn how the media fights for our interests to be voiced.


 
 
This site was initially established in 2005 and operated through to early 2013 by a radio station whose presenters volunteered the obligation of voicing the interests of the public.

                                “Voice of the Voiceless”

development povertyThe presenter had great and interesting debates on matters affecting the public and also played a crucial role of sensitizing the general public of their constitutional rights and their stake in decisions made by the government and other authorities on their behalf.
The site is now being relaunched (still in progress) with better and more elaborate message that will make it possible for you to voice any concerns when you feel the government is wrong or you find your leaders overstepping their mandate or you notice any greed activities by your leader(s).
Do you know that you’ve got the right to engage in symbolic speech e.g. burning of portrait or image of your leader if you are aggrieved and you want your voice to be heard?

Do you know that you’ve got the right not to salute the flag of your country?
Do you know that as a student you’ve got the right to wear a black armband to school to protest against war? And you are allowed to wear it past your school gate?
Do you know that you’ve got the freedom of speech to use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages.

 

Megan Megan
Of course I know my rights.

Betty Betty
All gays do.

Tyler Tyler
Betty, that’s disrespect.

Jessica Jessica
Thought Betty is entitled to her opinion.

Tanya Tanya
Megan, Tyler. Have a look at various categories in this site to know more about your freedoms.

Betty Betty
But the site is still under construction.

Tyler Tyler
So you mean I’m not to read the already published posts.

Gretchen Gretchen
Of course that’s your right.


 
 

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Ways Through Which Citizens of a Country Can Advocate for Good Governance & Democracy

Championing for Good Governance and Democracy

Good governance and democracy are a metric of how conducive and accommodating a country is. This is because the citizens are privileged to actively interact with the structures of the government and the processes that support the exercise of legitimate authority to ensure the provision and delivery of sound leadership, direction, oversight and control of resources for the development of a country and the elevations of the people in terms of economic status as well as living standards.

It also ensures proper accountability of all affairs and functions of the government hence realization goals and objectives.
Good governance is therefore a vital metric and a yardstick through which the success of a country is measured as well as the quality of the structures and processes of the government.
But what happens in the event that such governance and democracy are not exercised.
graftsOne of the most daunting task that citizens could undertake, is the long anticipated wait in order for them to exercise their democratic right and vote out a bad administration as they elect a new leader.
In some countries, the integrity of government structures and institutions can be so corrupt or compromised that the representation of the people and their needs fail to meet the standards of any democracy. This could lead to the misuse of public resources, abuse of office, high unemployment rate and high costs of living while the economy is grappling with poverty.
In such an administration, the interests, and needs of the people are neglected, basic and fundamental rights of the people are neglected and abused. Developments are stalled and the country is usually deep in debts. Also most a times, cases of nepotism, tribalism and other forms of discrimination such as gender disparity thrive very well and deny the ordinary citizens the right to be involved in making of a nation. The leaders could be involved in massive grafts leaving such a country completely dilapidated as the people long, pray and starve for the change of administration.
To remedy such situations the following methods could be employed:

Use of Social Media to Organize Mass Protests.

mass protestsSocial media platforms are so versatile and could help a message of mass protests to go viral and reach a considerable amount of people in a short time. This can be evidenced in by countries such as Egypt who used the platforms to oust Hosni Mubarrak.

Involvement of Mainstream Media.

Alot of people trust media  personalities and channels as a source of info and news about what the government and its functions are doing. Therefore the mainstream media  has a duty to champion for the rights and interests of the the citizens and  should be used.

Courting International Attention.

democracyMassive human rights violations is illegal and in such situations attention should be raised to attract the concern of international bodies such as United Nations which can interfere and bring some sense of sanity.

Change of Administration.

The citizens of a country have the duty and obligation of electing the most appropriate leaders whom they feel that will bring the necessary change and developments. They therefore should exercise such rights by coming in large numbers to vote during elections.

Mass Protests and Revolutions.

revolutionThrough setting dates organizing mass protests, strikes and revolutions, citizens can compel and foresee the change of a corrupt regime and bring sanity to a country as can be seen in Egypt where they protested for several days and eventually ousted out their president whom they saw as not fit to hold public office or lead them as their president.

Use of Social Media to Promote Freedom Of Speech

Organizing and Mobilizing Campaigns Relating to Freedom of Speech Through Social Media.

Today social media plays a monumental role in defining the manner through which info can reach masses and how people can share their opinions. As a matter of facts, social media has enabled people from all walks of the world to have a platform of expressing their resentments as well as appreciate positive ideas and decisions of a government and also a means to interact with fellow and like minded individuals. This is not confined to only the general public, but also to political campaigns and strategies that have been employed and leveraged successfully through popular social media platforms.
Take US president for example. The political team of the current president of United States knew of the massive and under-utilized potential of social media so they planned and mobilized effective campaigns through the versatile social media platforms which saw their election to the White House.
Another point in study was the use of social media to mobilize and successfully plan protest by some countries such as Egypt and Libya who were demonstrating about poor governance and the disparities between individual incomes and were able to reach and mobilize tens of thousands. This shows how much effective social media is.
Popular social media platforms such as Facebook. Twitter, MySpace, Youtube and Blogs are versatile platforms with millions of users and various modes through which you can share user generated content for the targeted audience. This is effective because the content gets to reach a considerate number of people at a go, who in turn can share it with friends and associates thus getting the message across the public at minimal costs and in a speedy manner. The users can also open dialogues and voice there concerns and opinions about the content.

Factors which ensure success of social media include:

Trust and Credibility
Through social media, dialogues and immediate feedback can be obtained making it so effective for you to sensitize the public on any matters of concern. Also the ability to remove any doubt can be achieved easily because unlike in the traditional model whereby you employ a spokesperson to represent you, in social media you directly communicate with your followers and target group hence raising credibility and trust.

You therefore must nurture and create credibility by being active on matters concerning the general public and in turn you will create a large database of followers who trust your ideologies and reasoning.
Cheap and highly targeted.
Compared to the traditional modes of communication such as television ads, social media has proved to be both cheap yet so effective. For instance, you could use Twitter hash tags which in the event that they go viral, have the potential to carry the message across a very large group of people in minimal time. The possibility of having users get the message later when they log in into their accounts is also a big factor in determining how effective social media is. Also through Groups and Fan Pages in Facebook or MySpace has enabled the reach of a much targeted group whose interaction and user-engagement can go deep in getting the message across all walks of the world.

Media Trial

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Trial by media is a phrase describing the implication of media on a case before a court of law whereby the media does investigations on their own and lopsidedly makes conclusions on who’s guilty even before the jury reaches its verdict. This usually results to friction between the media and the judiciary or even the government and in most cases it all ends up with the government imposing stringent measures which are aimed at curtailing the freedom of press.
The press ends up with no freedom of speech or expression, or if they are lucky, they may end up with a need to balance their freedom of speech and freedom of expression with undue interference from the government framework.

Media Interference in Courts
gangedupIn most democracies, the public is never in favor of the government and the leadership which the public always tries to fault. This makes the public an easy prey to be manipulated by unscrupulous people and can easily be misled by the public press who can relate and communicate well even with most of citizens even in the grassroots. This poses problems as can be seen in the interference of media in court cases.
This happens when the media, armed with facts- having conducted separate investigations from the police and prosecution- especially in a high profile case, attempt to foster public opinion of whether a person is guilt or innocent thus highly influencing the court’s verdict. The media in this instance tries to sell their agenda through excessive publicity and sensitization to the public. This media coverage may interfere with the rights of the accused or the defendant to get a free and fair hearing before a court of law. This is evident as the outcomes of these cases are inclined towards the stand taken by the media. If the media chooses to exonerate the accused, it is highly unlikely that the person will be found guilty or if found guilty, the sentence is minimal.
Most governments are opposed to trials by the media and thus they impose stringent laws that govern media coverage on cases before the courts.

Example of Media Interference in Judicial System.

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In 1994, O. J Simpson, a football star, was given the guilty verdict by the media. He was answering charges of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. The front-page of The Los Angeles Times was covered by this story for over three hundred days. Moreover the major television networks, dedicated more of their time on air reporting on this case. At the same time there were other situations that were ongoing such as the Bosnian War and Oklahoma City bombings which needed the world’s attention but the media choose to ignore them. In view of this, the government called for examination of jury bias and consequently the dismissal of the original jury. In the end, the court acquitted Simpson. This was seen as intend to console him for being declared guilty in the trial by media.
It has become evident that trials by media can misdirect the courts to disregard material evidence in cases thus leading to denial of a free and fair hearing of either the accused or the defendant. This does not entirely mean that the media should be completely barred from covering cases but they should follow the law to avoid tripping on the rights of those before the court. In some countries like the United Kingdom they have strict laws restricting the media on covering a case in progress after someone has been formally arrested. Although prosecution of media house is rare, the Daily Mirror, The Sun and others have faced charges of contempt of court regulations. However the role of the media in courts can not be ignored as the keep matters before the court in check and inform the people.

Freedom of Press

Freedom Of Press
imagesThe freedom of the press has its foundation on the rights of the public in a democracy to be involved on the issues which affect their country because entirely they are the ones affected. For these people to adequately influence these decisions they need to be adequately informed and knowledgeable about the everyday facts and arguments relating to the decisions made by the governments or the arms of government such as the judiciary or the legislative houses and other government functions.

kThe fact-finding and argumentation has to be gathered and reported back to the public without bias so that the public can analyze the decisions and form opinions if they decisions were reached with the their interests at heart or they were made with the favor of a few who wanted to take advantage of the citizens for personal gain. This role of finding the material facts and arguments used to reach for a decision is the work of the public press. The press finds all this data and them reports to the general public through all means possible to ensure that majority of the public becomes aware of the state of affairs of the nation. Some of the modes of conveying this data includes print media e.g. magazines, newspapers and press publications, social media, video and audio media e.g. TV and radios, conferences etc. This also results to the justification for investigative and campaign journalism.
Therefore the public press is the core pillar of democracy in a nation.
Roles of media in a society.

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Media has a big task of relaying material facts and info to a nation thus making them to have an upper hand in molding the opinion of the society. This might result to a change of the point of view through which the public may perceive various decisions or events which affect them.

Freedom of press is the freedom of the public because they need to be informed of public matters and be allowed to formulate their own opinions. These could be criticism or advocacy for their participation in the decision making through electing representatives.
This means that a free non-biased and non-interfered press is the backbone for the functioning of a democracy because it enables the people to participate in the affairs of their state.

Is the media always right?
gangedupIn some incidences, there may not be adequate rules designed to regulate the journalistic conduct and thus the media may overstep their mandate leading to encroachment of civil rights. This happens in situations whereby the media may prejudice the general public because of its influence on issues or ideologies the media assumes are good for the people while all this is in the contrary.

This can be illustrated in India through ‘trial by media’ situations whereby the media does separate investigations on some court cases, and forms opinions before even the jury reaches its verdict. The media would then go to give excessive coverage; sensitivity and publicity to their findings thus end up not only prejudicing the trial but hindering the administration of justice.
This is scandalous and may call for regulation of the media.