Posted: September 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
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As i was sitting in a coffee shop on a sunny morning in Leicester i was looking through the British Journal of Photography, a magazine that has many insightful stories of photographers from round the world, stories that i would call food for thought. However there was one article that captured my focus, mainly due to the fact it helped me to reflect on my way of life as a photographer  and a blogger in the UK. This article was about Bahrain, an island that is near the western shores of the Persian gulf. However this article i am writing is not about the geography of this place, this article is about how there are many photographers and reporters that are being detained and tortured. If any of these reporters are caught talking about Bahrain government in a negative way they are being taken away and sentenced to years in prison. If this is true then this is violating what i call ‘freedom of expression’. As a citizen of the UK, there are many things i love about this country, the countryside is one of them along with British pop music (David Bowie). However there is one thing that  i do love more than most things, and that is the ‘Freedom of Speech’, for it is a part of democracy and being able to have our say is important along with being able to vote.

If my government turned round to me and said you cannot say that, so we are going to arrest you and send you down for 25 years for speaking your mind, then i would expect people to respond with protests. You take away someones freedom of expression there is nothing left but anger, this anger can turn physical and bloody and before you know it the innocents get hurt.

This is an open discussion, what are your thoughts on governments that try to stop people from having there say?

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