The concept of Freedom of speech is increasingly becoming a farce in the modern world.
The Wallabies star Israel Folau has been sacked by Rugby Australia for expressing his religious belief about homosexuals.
The matter was dragging on for the past few weeks. A hearing has found that he committed a “high-level breach” of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct over controversial social media posts.
Christian beliefs are not different from Islamic beliefs in many life matters. A devout Catholic, Israel Folau will end up losing millions of dollars and a great sporting career for mentioning what is written in the Bible and believed by hundreds of millions of Christians around the world.
The opinions and ideologies promoted by the so-called liberals of modern societies have been imposed on silent majority and expression of beliefs, considered sacred for thousands of years, have been made sin in modern times.
The founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange has been made an international villain and culprit for making public the crimes of the most powerful governments on the earth.
He had the courage of exposing world leaders and political regimes around the world who had committed crimes against their own nations and people.
Assange and his organisation, WikiLeaks, have published some of the most dramatic documents exposing American wrong-doing in Iraq and Afghanistan including larger estimates of civilian casualties than reported by official sources.
It also released over 250,000 American diplomatic cables with multiple nasty secrets, exposing the dirty games of the White House and the CIA.
The Western governments who aspire to be the champions of democracy and free speech have little stamina of absorbing exposure of their own wrongdoings.
Much of the media today is controlled by a few media tycoons in many countries. Rupert Murdoch’s media empire controls much of the political decision making in Australia. The media Moghul has a huge influence in American political institutions through its control of US papers, cable channel Fox News, and Fox film studios.
The current US president Donald Trump repeatedly challenged media establishments and popularised the term ‘fake news’.
Though a controversial figure himself, the most powerful man on the earth have at times discredited leading news media channels.
Donald Trump was seen quoting Wikileaks reports and applauding the truths it revealed often during his presidential campaign. Now as US president, he is obliged to act against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
India, described as the largest democracy in the world, has seen the loss of media independence over the past four years of rule by Hindu nationalists.
According to Reuters, some reporters, as well as television anchors, have been threatened with physical harm, abused on social media and ostracized by Modi’s administration.
A number of journalists have been killed over the past four years by the agents of extremist Hindu groups for raising their voice against the current political regime.
In its annual World Press Freedom Index, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said that India was now ranked 138th in the world out of 180 countries measured, lower than countries like Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Myanmar.
On one hand, under the pretext of freedom of speech, the leading governments in the world justified insults to the prophets by the cartoonists, promoted and awarded the journalist and authors who insulted religions, hurting beliefs and sentiments of hundreds of millions of people.
On the other hand, they have failed in their duty when their own institutions faced exposure of their criminal acts and punished those who showed courage to speak the truth or express their fundamental beliefs in public.
By adopting double standards and acting in the interest of what suited them, the leading governments and media institutions have made international standards of freedom of speech, a mockery, deception and sham.