You also can say whatever I like

Voltaire: I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.

The world pays lip service to the “freedom of speech” or the “freedom of expression”. No country in the world today actually lives up to Voltaire.

The only reality that is universally held is

I can say whatever I like. You also can say whatever I like. 

  1. You can say what you like but you cannot reveal what I consider confidential. (US)
  2. You can say what you like but we will flog you if you “like” the facebook page of Arab Christians. (Saudi Arabia)
  3. You can say what you like but you cannot call for a boycott of Israel. (Israel)
  4. You can say whatever you like but I can always sue you for libel or slander or obscenity or pornography. (most countries)
  5. You can say what you like but you cannot speak against me, Robert Mugabe. (Zimbabwe)
  6. You can say whatever you like but we will put you in prison if you incite others to violence. (most countries)
  7. You can say whatever you like, but if you say that the Holocaust did not happen we will put you in prison. (most Western European countries)
  8. You can say whatever you like but if you offend my sensibilities I am justified in beating you up. (India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran, Russia, China, Vietnam, Burma).
  9. You can say whatever you like but if you insult our King we can lock you up and throw away the key. (Thailand)
  10. You can say whatever you like but if I perceive that Islam has been insulted I can kill you or authorise your killing by anybody. (all Islamic countries)
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