Conference on freedom of expression
LAHORE: Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana has said though the right to freedom of expression is a basic right of every individual and society, all individuals, societies and countries must respect the freedom and emotions of others in the global world.[TOP]
`Freedom of expression enables quality of governance and gives citizens an opportunity to voice their views,` he was speaking at a three-day international conference on `Freedom of Expression: Global Politics of Emotions` organised by the Punjab University Institute of Communication Studies here on Monday.
The governor asked the media not to promote conflicts in pursuance of commercial interests.
Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said the media should play a responsible role urging the youth to become ambassadors of peace.
Dr Christian Clif ford from the US said in today`s world freedom of expression was the philosophy of language that included fear and humiliation and technology had made it worst.
Dr Elizabeth Eidi from Norway said freedom of expression was important for free flow of information and conversation. She said the right to respect others and the right of listen to others were very important.
Increased access to social media has made this freedom complex, she added.
UMT Rector Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad said freedom of expression was rooted in the Western liberal traditions because their line of thinking was secular.