Should people have the right to say whatever they want?

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In this issue, we'll be writing the THINKING QUESTIONS from Session TWO as a post.

Should people have the right to say whatever they want?

Please share your answers in the comments section and reply to other BNC members here.

Remember to support your opinions with reasons, and be open-minded to viewpoints other than your own. Try and bring in the knowledge you've learnt from your Burnet News Club too!

Comments (149)

  • Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg grateful_blackcurrant | Faringdon Community College
    10 Sep 2019

    Yes because every human deserves to have their say

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    1. Brompton Westbrook logo assertive_keyboard | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
      grateful_blackcurrant's comment 18 Sep 2019

      I agree every one should be heard were ever they are

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      1. Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg talented_clementine | Portobello High School
        assertive_keyboard's comment 20 Sep 2019

        We agree apart from if you say something that could hurt or harm anyone .

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    10 Sep 2019

    Many people believe that freedom of speech is very important. This may be because it is a very predominant part of democracy.

    In 1688, the English Bill of Rights declared that "debates and proceedings in Parliament should not be questioned outside of Parliament." This allowed politicians to have freedom of speech; however, the general public wasn't allowed to have this simple right. But some important people in history fought for our right to have it. This is one very important reason why it's important to value our freedom, therefore we should be able to have it.

    https://rightsinfo.org/explainer-free-speech/

    On the other hand, others may think that freedom of speech isn't a good thing. This may be because people can say racist, hurtful and offensive things. For example, Boris Johnson said that women that wore burkas looked like "bank robbers" and "letterboxes". This is evidently a very offensive thing to say.

    Although people can say some very offensive things, freedom of speech can protect the opposite side of the argument. For example ( if we link back to Boris Johnson ) there was a debate in parliament where a Sikh Labour MP was demanding that he apologized. This is another good reason, why people should have the right to say whatever they want.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-islamophobia-pmqs-tanmanjeet-singh-dhesi-muslim-letterbox-racist-a9091506.html

    Others may believe that freedom of speech is bad or useless. This is because some people think that the only form of speech that the public have is voting. However, this is not the case owing to the fact that, we can send letters to MPs or start protests.

    I myself believe that freedom of speech is a positive thing. This is for the reason that if we didn't many people would only have one point of view and wouldn't take into account other people's opinions. This can lead to people not being happy with rules and society in general.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    11 Sep 2019

    My first thought to this question was, yes of coarse. But now that my class has talked about it, I have mixed opinions.

    Yes
    People should have the right to say what they want, in China, you can see Hong Kong's protests because they don't have the right to say what they want. We also experienced this is Burnet News Live, where we had to write down our favorite food, and some people werent allowed to have that as they're favorite because of laws. Its the same with China and Hong Kong, but way worse. So yes, I think people should be allowed.

    No
    People shouldn't have the right to say what they want, because of what it might be. If someone says something really offensive, should it be allowed, this was also in Burnet News Live, it was the main reason. Some people got really offended and emotional, so no. We cant always trust what people are going to say, so we shouldn't be allowed to say what we want.

    These are both of my thoughts, I hope it helps people make an easier decision.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      entertaining_strawberry's comment 11 Sep 2019

      Thank you for your comment! You've looked at both sides of the argument here. I have a couple of questions - on the Yes side, why should people have this right? And on the No side - do you think people have a right NOT to be offended? Or should that be OK sometimes?

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    2. Hammond School logo loved_wildcat | Hammond Junior School F
      entertaining_strawberry's comment 06 Oct 2019

      I agree with entertaining strawberry
      There are so many different reasons for the rights and wrongs but now they’re trying to get attention by trying to get themselves into accidents on purpose (most of Cantonese). Not saying everyone.Just to get attention from the United Kingdom or Britain, they try to kill themselves .
      So my answer is yes

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
    11 Sep 2019

    I believe that everyone should have the right to say what they want to but they should not abuse this right.
    Sometimes, people may need to say harsh things for others to make a positive change in their life or the way they work. For example, the peaceful protest of the 1913 suffragette parade made a statement about how females should have the right to vote. Despite being a harsh way of saying it, the parade was still effective and (eventually) resulted in woman getting the vote. This shows that people should have the right to say whatever they want because sometimes it can have a positive consequence.
    However, there are certain times where people should keep their thoughts to themselves. Sometimes, it can be rude and seriously upset someone. For example, before the English civil war broke out, the monarch at the time (Charles I), insulted parliament. This resulted in a rebellion. This shows that people need to think about what they say because it can cause terrible consequences.
    In conclusion, I believe that people should say what they believe unless it can have awful consequences.
    https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/peace-protests-dallas-response/

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      honorable_conclusion's comment 12 Sep 2019

      Can people always tell the consequences of what they say?

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg noble_tornado | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    11 Sep 2019

    After reading about the affairs in China this is what I have come up with . This will be a similar approach to entertaining_strawberry.

    Yes
    People in China should have the right to say what they think about the government and the affairs the have put the country in . Every citizen has that right to speak out (human rights order ) and sometimes the view of the people can change the governments mind because they see the point of view from people that lives change because of new approaches to problems .

    No
    People in china have sometimes been known to use a different force when it comes to speaking out about how they feel in mass crowds (protests) and sometimes they take a wrong approach with violence (how they are acting at the minute ) and sometimes even are abusive to law enforcers who do not make the law but enforce it but anyway back on to the subject . The right to speak out is a human right but it has not really explained the context . When you feel as if you need to speak out or you have an opinion on something you should take a calm approach to it and explain what you think rather than go on a mass protest and tear up the city that the people before them and them built .

    Conclusion
    I believe that the people of china have that right to say what the think but taking such a violent approach is no way to act

    Thank you for reading

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      noble_tornado's comment 12 Sep 2019

      You've given a good reason for the importance of freedom of speech which you've explained!

      What happens if calmly speaking out doesn't work? Or if a government refused to listen to the people?

      Also, it's important to be accurate when we are explaining something in the news. Although Hong Kong is part of China, it is run differently (this is called "one country, two systems") so it's best to be specific if are talking about Hong Kong or China.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_dinosaur | Portobello High School
    13 Sep 2019

    We think that it is okay to say whatever you want as long as your being peaceful and respectful about it and respecting other people’s point of view too.If you want to talk about yourself then that’s fine.Every human has the right to say what they want.

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        passionate_dinosaur's comment 23 Sep 2019

        Can you give a reason for your opinion?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    13 Sep 2019

    Well in my class we discussed about this a lot and it caused lots of discussion and arguments.
    In my opinion,i think that it depends on what people have to say because if someone had something horrible to say about someone they cant just go around saying aloud they should just keep it to themselves.I think people who have good things to say about the world and stick up for human rights that's good you can say that to the world.For example Martin Luther King Junior Stuck up for black people and himself all because the rules for black people were very harsh back then.Another example is when Rosa Parks stood up for herself and other black people by not moving out of her seat to let a white person sit down.So i think it depends on other peoples opinions and thoughts

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      buzzing_atom's comment 13 Sep 2019

      Thanks for your thoughts, buzzing_atom. You've given examples here which have supported your opinion.

      Are there some things that some might think is horrible, but should actually be allowed?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_brain | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    13 Sep 2019

    yes every human diservese there say think of it like if you were not allowed a say you would be upset so you need to let other people have there say

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg talented_clementine | Portobello High School
    13 Sep 2019

    No, because some of the time it's not appropriate like in the classroom you shouldn't use bad language.

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  • Newbury-Park-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_sheep | Newbury Park Primary School
    13 Sep 2019

    Well said! it is true that people need a say

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    15 Sep 2019

    First of all, I thought that no one should have a say because people can say anything if they wanted to. It can be offensive to people, such as different skin tone, different religion and many more. But when we were talking about it in class, I understud that not everyone says mean, rude things. I realised if someone was making the wrong decisions no one can ever stand up for there rights. That's when my teacher mentioned the Hong Kong crisis. Pupils of Hong Kong couldn't stand up for there rights. China just said what they wanted to instead of listening to other people. That could have helped the situation they are in right now.

    This is my opinion about the think questions. If anyone has a disagreement about this, I am ready for it

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo easygoing_weaver | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    16 Sep 2019

    No, as it might offend and hurt people. Some people just speak their mind but it could hurt others feelings you need to be mindful of others.

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg practical_yuzu | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    16 Sep 2019

    To me the answer is very obvious. Yes, people should have the right to say whatever they wish to say whether it be offensive or not. I can see a large majority of people saying that we should limit our free speech when it is considered harmful or offensive,in other words hate speech,the issue with this argument is that it contradicts its self. As by definition of free speech which is "the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint." according to the google dictionary includes hate speech which the definition of hate speech being "abusive or threatening speech or writing that expresses prejudice against a particular group, especially on the basis of race, religion, or sexual orientation." The key word in the definition of free speech is ANY opinions wherever those be abusive or threatening speech that expresses prejudice against a particular group.

    Another problem with just saying no hate speech is that by definition it is subjective what is considered abusive or expresses prejudice is a matter of opinion. I could argue that those who disagree are speaking hate speech due to it threatening my beliefs. In fact that is how most forms of censoring occur by claiming that the opinion stated was unnecessary hate speech. If we wish to live in a free society we must accept free speech no matter how terrible the hateful side is. We would achieve a much healthier democracy by arguing with those who are hateful then just silencing them as that will achieve much more.

    Also I would like to say I don't support hate speech in any kind I am just saying that it should not be tossed away and silenced as what is considered hateful changes from person to person.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      practical_yuzu's comment 17 Sep 2019

      You say that hate speech is subjective and that what is considered abusive is a matter of opinion. Why might someone disagree with this? Can we come to a consensus about what 'abusive' means?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg content_lemon | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    16 Sep 2019

    Should people have the right to say whatever they want?

    This is quite a hard question, as there are 2 sides of the argument, and there are my reasons for both:

    Yes, #FreedomOfSpeech, we should have the right to say whatever we want…
    because we should have the right to express our opinion, and if we hadn’t in the past, just think of the consequences! Women wouldn’t be allowed to vote, or drive or have any equality over men. It’s the same thing with Rosa Parks, Christine Darden and Martin Luther King - equality!
    Apart from that, I believe people should have a say in what is going on. After all, it affects them the most. That being said, I can see why the Hong Kongers protest; they want their voices to be heard.

    No – we shouldn’t have the right…
    because if we said anything we wanted at anytime, then a) it would be hectic, people saying their thoughts all the time (people would probably take advantage of it as well!) and b) we would share our thoughts about, perhaps, people we don’t like, and their faults etc. and that will hurt their feelings – whether you like them or not.
    This was the case in the last BNC Live, where an author called Judy Wycroft published a racist book, then give a talk to a University about it. Many people thought that she should in no way express her opinion, as it would hurt people – truthfully.
    In Conclusion, I feel that you should be able to express your opinion, as it is simply a human right – but only if you are certain that it will not hurt anyone, or unless it ends up badly, with consequences. To do so, I would suggest thinking about how you would feel if someone said that to you. To be honest, I do have mixed opinions on this – at the start of this comment, I was thinking, “Obviously!” etc, but now that I have thought about reasons in my balanced argument, it has tipped my thoughts…

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg glorious_power | Michael Faraday School
    17 Sep 2019

    I think everyone should have a right to say something and then they can take that into consideration then there will be more peace in Hong kong

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg talented_cookie | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    17 Sep 2019

    When I have heard this question I knew that my answer was a 'yes' but now when I think about it now more, I know that both of those answers are true for me. Here are my answers:

    Yes:
    I think yes because if it's something important to think about and nobody lets people decide from that place but only the Government can, then if they decide on something that everyone else disagreed on then there would be no choice but to have to stick to that option for a long time and they would have to deal with it. It would cause more chaos to that place with lots of disagreements and maybe the Government would get furious about it and ignore everyone even if something bad would happen.

    No:
    I also think no because what if someone said something that was offensive to a few people and that could be: skin tone, religion and more! What if someone said something in front of thousands of people and something that they could have said wouldn't have been allowed to say but they did and that would cause a bit of chaos.

    I hope that reading others opinions will help me to decide one of those sides.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg happy_iceberg | Portobello High School
    17 Sep 2019

    Yes because being able to have a voice is a human right but people should be aware of the consequences that come with what they say, for example if I say “God is not real.”, Cristian people may think I’m against the bible or I may be charged with blasphemy in some countries. So yes but always be aware of the consequences, think before you speak.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg jolly_cricket | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    yes because every has a right to vote (British value)

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_reflection | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
      jolly_cricket's comment 18 Sep 2019

      I agree because none tells you what choice to make.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg jolly_cricket | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    Second thoughts. Yes and no. People can troll you.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg energetic_cherry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    Yes they can but they need to use nice language

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg gentle_strategy | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    demorcy is a good thing iagree

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg comfortable_coyote | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    hi jolly cricket i agree because british values are very important

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_chocolate | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    hi jolly cricket i agree what your saying every one should have a chance to vote

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg best_raspberry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    hi jolly_cricket i disagree with you because what if its bad words to offend people so sometimes you shouldn't be allowed to say things that might offend people or even hurt peoples emotions.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg dazzling_blueberry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    hi jolly-cricket i agree with you

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg energetic_cherry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    Hi,jolly-cricket I also agree with u everyone needs a chance to vote and be heard

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg observant_jambul | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    i think that we do not have right say WHATEVER we want i think we should not talk about other people in a rude way. I think we should not swear.but i think we should ALWAYS talk to our parents/teachers about our problems or feeling

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg optimistic_painting | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    Hi Jolly_cricket I agree with you because vote is democracy so everyone gets to vote.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_wallaby | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    hi jolly cricket i agree with you because everyone should get a chance to speak and be heard

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg focused_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    Personally i think both ways because everyone has the right to speak but no as well as yes because viewers may say things that offend others in religious ways.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo wondrous_bee | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    18 Sep 2019

    people do have the right to be heard but you have to think about it because it might not be nice

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg gregarious_moon | Boutcher C of E Primary School
      wondrous_bee's comment 19 Sep 2019

      Yes! Because we don't want to deal with more violence.
      Well done wondrous_bee that says it all

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      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_acorn | Boutcher C of E Primary School
        gregarious_moon's comment 20 Sep 2019

        You’re right gregarious_ moon about we don’t need more violence so are you wonderous_bee

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      2. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg adaptable_beetle | Boutcher C of E Primary School
        gregarious_moon's comment 22 Sep 2019

        yes your right gregarious_moon there should be no violence in saying what you want to say

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg beloved_chocolate | Graveney School
    18 Sep 2019

    I think that people should not be able to say whatever they want. My opinion is that, in most scenarios, people should be able to say almost whatever they want, however in some cases it can be harmful to others and themselves. Being able to say whatever you want can be harmful or dangerous for many reasons.

    1. If what is said is discriminatory or prejudiced in some way.
    If somebody says something racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, etc., it can be harmful to the subject of the comments. This is because it could cause them to be discriminated against by others, who may be encouraged by their statements, as well as possibly causing them a lot of upset and offending them, which could be bad for their self-esteem. If this is repeated, it could escalate to bullying, and could emotionally and mentally harm the person it is directed at. As well as this, if the person who says it is important in some way, this could change the minds of other people, and cause them to act this way as well, which would make their lives much more difficult and could lead to more discrimination.

    2. If what is said is provocative.
    If somebody says something that enrages people, or provokes, them, this could possibly cause them harm. This is because the subject may get angry, and possibly put the person in danger of harm from them.

    3. Saying things that are classified.
    For many politicians and people working for the government, police, or justice system, they are told classified information. If they could say whatever they want, this classified information may be leaked, and this could cause political uproar - though the leaking may be beneficial to the public, it could be bad for the global position of the country and ruin international relations if other countries disagreed with what was leaked, or if concerned them. Although this may be a good thing, it could be financially dangerous for many countries and their people, and provoke poverty. However, I do think that if it is concerning for the population of the country, it should be told to the public, as it is important for their welfare and country.

    4. If what is said is insulting.
    Saying something insulting to somebody could be bad for their mental health or dangerous for the person who says it if the subject reacts violently. As well as this, saying insulting things is simply a mean and antisocial thing to so.

    However, free speech is a good thing as well. Many people have changed the world for the better by speaking out. For example, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and other activists against segregation in he US and the apartheid in South Africa all helped to end racism in these countries, and improve the lives of many BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) people there and in other countries. As well as this, It is often very good for people to stand up for what they believe in, and free speech from many, or just one person, can very often change laws and people's views, positively. As well as this, it is their choice whether or not to put themselves in danger for campaigning, and their free speech and determination can often be very beneficial to the social and political state of countries.

    Overall, I think that Free Speech is a good thing in many cases, but it can be harmful to the speaker and subjects in some cases. I believe that people should be able to say whatever they want, but only if it does not put the mental, emotional, political and financial safety of anybody in danger.

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  • Beverley-St-Nicholas-logo-250x250.jpg precious_shark | Beverley St Nicholas Primary School
    19 Sep 2019

    Yes because everyone has a right to say what they want no one is different everyone is the same

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  • Beverley-St-Nicholas-logo-250x250.jpg dynamic_weaver | Beverley St Nicholas Primary School
    19 Sep 2019

    Anybody can have their own opinion.It wouldn’t be fair if we couldn’t say what we think!

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg jolly_cricket | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    19 Sep 2019

    you can have the right to say something but not bad words

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg practical_information | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    19 Sep 2019

    Not always you can say what you want because if you do it might hurt somebody's feeling.Even if the goverment deos.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_lime | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    20 Sep 2019

    People should express themselves in a nice way

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg efficient_armadillo | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    20 Sep 2019

    yes,i think that because people have their own mouths to say what they want
    but if they should say something very offensive i think that it is unacceptable

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_acorn | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    20 Sep 2019

    What I think is that people should have a right what they want to say but using inapproprieate words and being racist is just unacceptable

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg focused_hurricane | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    20 Sep 2019

    Every one should have a right to say what you want but make sure you do not hurt others.
    Be aware of what you are saying and doing.
    Control yourself.

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg adaptable_beetle | Boutcher C of E Primary School
      focused_hurricane's comment 21 Sep 2019

      yes I agree everybody has the right to say what they want, but they have to think before they say it first

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    20 Sep 2019

    Well sometimes it's okay but in some situations it might not be the best idea

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      mindblowing_clarinet's comment 21 Sep 2019

      What kind of situations are they?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg strong_tomato | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    20 Sep 2019

    I agree with gregarious moon because everyone deserve to say what they think regardless what age but sometimes we have to say our opinions in a nice matter.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      strong_tomato's comment 21 Sep 2019

      What advice would you give to someone who wanted to express their opinion about something, but do it in a 'nice' way?

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      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg gregarious_moon | Boutcher C of E Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 22 Sep 2019

        Stay calm and try not to heart somebody's feelings

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      2. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg strong_tomato | Boutcher C of E Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 26 Sep 2019

        I would say
        Whatever you say won't drive people away
        Be proud, say it out loud
        Think twice, be nice

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg imaginative_groundhog | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    20 Sep 2019

    I think that everyone has the right to spread out their opinions

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  • The Sherwood School lively_coconut | The Sherwood School
    20 Sep 2019

    I think that people should not have the right to say whatever they want as it could be affending to others. Unless, they say something that will not affend other people

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  • The Sherwood School lively_coconut | The Sherwood School
    20 Sep 2019

    although it is there own opinion

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_lime | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    21 Sep 2019

    they can say whatever they want ,it can't hurt someones feelings
    example=
    -it could be about their country
    -or their own life

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  • The Sherwood School fairminded_volcano | The Sherwood School
    21 Sep 2019

    use your voice there is no right that does not say that you don't have the ability to talk so always use it and tell the world!

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_shark | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    21 Sep 2019

    Yes they should, as long at it isn't VERY hurtful.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg involved_watermelon | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    21 Sep 2019

    you should have the right to say what is appropriate and you should always THINK before you say something.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg adaptable_beetle | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    22 Sep 2019

    nobody should feel like they cant say what they want everybody should be able to talk freely and they should have the right to say what they want because then people might begin to take advantage of you just because you cant stand up for yourself every body has the right to speak no one should judge anyone for who we are

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jubilant_horse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    23 Sep 2019

    I think it's 50/50 because it really depends on what you say. For example, if you said I don't want Boris Johnson to run as prime minister. That is rude but shouldn't be illegal. However, if you said I don't want Boris Johnson to be prime minister because his a a man. That is rude and should be illegal. Because it's sexist.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      jubilant_horse's comment 23 Sep 2019

      Do you think it is always rude for someone to say they didn't want a particular politician to lead a country ?

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_dinosaur | Portobello High School
    23 Sep 2019

    I think it’s very important to get your view on things so you can make an impact on
    the issue that your speaking up about.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo warmhearted_dog | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    23 Sep 2019

    I think that you need an opinion in certain arguments, votes or even arguements across different countries. Everyone needs to share and listen to other sides.

    Thank you Burnet News Club for listening to my opinion.

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg incomparable_blueberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    23 Sep 2019

    I think that people should have the right to say whatever they want but I also think that society and the media perpetrates and influences what others have to say and how they say it; for example, if you have a heated argument with someone it's most likely that you're going to yell at them without thinking because you want to be heard and have your opinion acknowledged. Everyone was given and still has the liberty of free speech from the moment they were born but I think that it's up to us personally on how we use it because they way we communicate with each other reflects us and who we are(family, education, society e.t.c).

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo lovely_hippopotamus | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    23 Sep 2019

    I totally agree with entertaining_strawberry . When I first read this question I thought well yes of course but after thinking a bit more and talking about it with my family I am sort of in the middle .Yes because we in the uk have the right to an opinion . We are allowed to protest and tell the public what we think and why . On the other hand , no because sometimes what we say can be very offensive to other people and it is not very appropriate and are they true ? We cannot always trust what other people are saying to us because where has it come from ? How do we know that the things that we are hearing are 100% true or real.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo lovely_hippopotamus | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    23 Sep 2019

    I totally agree with entertaining_strawberry . When I first read this question I thought well yes of course but after thinking a bit more and talking about it with my family I am sort of in the middle .Yes because we in the uk have the right to an opinion . We are allowed to protest and tell the public what we think and why . On the other hand , no because sometimes what we say can be very offensive to other people and it is not very appropriate and are they true ? We cannot always trust what other people are saying to us because where has it come from ? How do we know that the things that we are hearing are 100% true or real.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      lovely_hippopotamus's comment 24 Sep 2019

      It's great to hear that you have been discussing this at home. Did anyone in your family have different opinions to you? If so, what were they?

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      1. Brompton Westbrook logo lovely_hippopotamus | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 25 Sep 2019

        Well my sister ; hardworking antelope thinks that you should be allowed to say what you like in the uk nice or not because we have the right to an opinion . However, the rest of my family thought around the American lines as me .

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg reserved_cherry | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    24 Sep 2019

    I don't think so because if someone started saying something about the issue, they might get arrested for that but if someone has the rights to speak, they would be saying 'the police isn't taking things seriously' they might do something about it. Or start saying that they disagree.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_wallaby | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    24 Sep 2019

    YES.I

    I agree people should get a chance to speak and to be heard

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo eager_tiger | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    24 Sep 2019

    I think people should and shouldn't because first: you do have the freedom to speak but it might hurt someone on the inside and second: you can speak because you might feel bad on the inside.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_lime | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    25 Sep 2019

    yes and no
    yes because they can talk about their own side of it,they could talk about someone ,it might be about their life their house or the places they go to and more.
    no because they might say it in a mean way,they could they don't like their hair or their their body or their type of style it could be their type of shoes and more.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo serious_signature | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    25 Sep 2019

    I think it depends what you have to say if your saying something rude you should keep it to your self and if it is nice I think you should happily share it

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo loyal_shark | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    25 Sep 2019

    People should always be able to say what they want, unless the say either is violent or rude, or is irrelevant to the argument/vote

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg incomparable_blueberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    25 Sep 2019

    “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."

    [Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States, August 8, 1950]”
    ― Harry S. Truman

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg sceptical_orca | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    26 Sep 2019

    yes everyone should have freedom of speech but they shouldn't be rude or anything for instance swearing because we don't want to deal with anymore violence.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg alert_fish | Portobello High School
    26 Sep 2019

    Yes because no matter what race or gender you are we should all be getting treated equally. There is still people that are racist, sexist, homophobic and other things like that, people like that need to realise that they do not rule this world.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_crab | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    26 Sep 2019

    Yes only if it is appoprite to say.

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg talented_clementine | Portobello High School
    27 Sep 2019

    We think is alright for people to stand for what they believe because it is there life and they can choose how they want to live it but they should also respect other people’s beliefs and opinions

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    27 Sep 2019

    I believe that people should have the right to speak freely, if it is not offensive. Offensive language could lead to arguments, fights ( verbal and physical ) and much more. However, it is not a human right to not be offended. Everybody should respect other people’s ideas, opinions and beliefs.

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    27 Sep 2019

    Every voice should be heard, however small.

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg interesting_ibex | Evelyn Street Primary School
    29 Sep 2019

    People should be free
    Who ever they are they should be Happy

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg interesting_ibex | Evelyn Street Primary School
    29 Sep 2019

    China don't have rights to control Hong kong

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      interesting_ibex's comment 30 Sep 2019

      Can you say why, interesting_ibex?

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo lovely_hippopotamus | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    29 Sep 2019

    Well I think that it sort of depends. No because sometimes things that we say can be offensive and hurtful so whatever we are saying we need to make sure we are being kind or there may be consequences . However on the other hand sometimes I think that we should get a chance to say what we think. For example in my opinion in Hong Kong I think that they should be allowed to say what they think because over there it is against the law and I think that it should change.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      lovely_hippopotamus's comment 30 Sep 2019

      Why should it change?

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      1. Brompton Westbrook logo lovely_hippopotamus | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 30 Sep 2019

        Well in the UK we have the right to say what we think. However in Hong Kong they do not have this . Soi think this should change because I do not see why just because we live in a different part of the world we get this right .It is not fair.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo cheerful_temperature | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    Yes as long as there is no rudeness because you want people to listen to you but they might lose interest when you start to be rude

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_badger | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    Sometimes you have to break a promise because what if you have to break it for something serious?What if someone is threatning you for it?If it's something silly?Then its fine!

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg zestful_octopus | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    Not that much because what if a group of people hate family and they make a website and they insult family by saying what they want

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg enchanted_dragonfruit | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    Yes people should have the right to say whatever they want because if the people need something but the government doesn't allow it, allow them to speak more people in the country will be more likely to leave the state or start aggressive protests.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_turtle | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    yes as if in Hong Kong they cannot speak for themselves the country might lose interest in what the government say and eventually a war might start and the country will be in more crisis .

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg funny_camel | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    I think everyone can say whatever they want because it is a right and people have their own opinion.On the other hand of someone is discriminating someone for how they look that shouldn’t be saying whatever they want.You can say whatever but if it is hurtful to someone else

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg trusting_owl | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    I think it’s okay to say what you want to say but on the other hand I think it’s not ok for them to have the right because if you like say a bad word it can really damage a person’s feeling and also calling some on what or how they look it will do the same

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_blackberry | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    In my opinion, everyone should have the right to say what we would like. This is because if we kept everything to ourselves, you will never know if someone had a great idea that can be better for all of us.Not all countries have this right and we need to change this. Keeping our opinions to ourselves won't change anything. Countries such as China, do not have this right and many people can be effected by this.

    On the other hand, our thoughts can affect others verbally and physically. In some occasions opinions are a great idea and should be spread around to others, in other occasions it can be very offensive. Some countries are run by governments and will not allow any opinions other than theirs. Many people can also be sent to prison in some countries if they interfere with the government.

    In conclusion, I think we should spread our thoughts. It would help all of us and who knows, one day an opinion may be spread and it could change the world.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      brilliant_blackberry's comment 01 Oct 2019

      This comment is well explained and shows good open-mindedness by weighing up both sides. Well done!

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_eel | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    I think people should have their rights to say what they want because in China they do not have their rights to speak and I do not agree with that personally. On the other hand, I also think if it has gone too far with what they have said I would agree with putting the person in prison, for example saying something that is offensive or discriminating against that person. But as I have said previously, I think it is okay to share their thoughts or opinions as long as it isn't harmful to anybody else in any type of way.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg spirited_bat | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    I believe that everyone in other countries should have their say as it's not only a right in their country but it is also a human right. To add to that, nobody who is not from that country or culture should always listen to others and not hurt others.Overall people o

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg passionate_lime | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    yes,they should express themselves and no,they need to be careful about their speech

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg spirited_bat | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    Overall people should be able to express their feeling to the public without violence

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_turtle | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    Also , in the UK we have the right to say what we want and it helps when the country is having a political argument however in Hong Kong this right is being taken away from them which could result is a huge problem as Hong Kong has always been a country of democracy .

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_turtle | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    On the other hand no as it could hurt someone emotionally and that would cause some harm . This is because the subject may get angry and possibly put that person in danger .

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  • The Sherwood School intrepid_coconut | The Sherwood School
    30 Sep 2019

    Yes, they should be able to express their opinions, but if want you want to say is rude to other people in any way or involves violence, then that shouldn't be allowed.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg respectful_cookie | Noel Park Primary School
    30 Sep 2019

    i think everyone should be able to say what they want i mean everyone has human rights. But on the other hand they shouldn't say something that is hurtfull so just keep it to yourself.

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    1. Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_hen | Noel Park Primary School
      respectful_cookie's comment 01 Oct 2019

      i agree a lot with what you say respectful_cookie

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  • Portobello-logo-250x250.jpg champion_grasshopper | Portobello High School
    01 Oct 2019

    Yes I agree you can say what ever you want but not hate speech

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  • Braiswick Primary School educated_heart | Braiswick Primary School
    01 Oct 2019

    I think that everyone should have the right to speak.If the you can't speak up noone will know your opinions or ideas,the opinions that
    might even change the position of the problem. On the other side a person could says something that will make someone else upset or angry and it could make the problem even worse,like someone could get hurt. The problem is that China doesn't understand how is it to be not allowed to share opinions,because they think it will not bring any harm to others. Mostly I think that EVERY person should have the right to speak up.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo ethical_lake | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    02 Oct 2019

    No they can't say whatever they want it's not Wright to me.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_hen | Noel Park Primary School
    02 Oct 2019

    In my opinion, i think that the people of China should have the right to say whatever they want. I think that because,
    99.9% of China are found guilty as they don't have this right and go to jail therefor the other 0.01% are not found guilty but are still punished. The people of Hong Kong have been protesting an awful lot and some people even die by rubber bullets.

    On the other hand, some people should actually go to prison as, the crime they have done may have cause a lot of damage to themselves and to others as well. Although some people should have the right to speak in court, some people should not because of the things that they might say.

    In conclusion, i think that sometimes people should have the right to speak with the government and sometimes people should not.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg jazzed_iceberg | Graveney School
    02 Oct 2019

    Censorship is almost always a bad thing, but a person's freedom of speech becomes secondary to another's right to safety or mental well-being, particularly if those words are based on false information. When put into practice, that means that people should come under lawful scrutiny for spreading damaging false information.

    In terms of the Hong Kong crisis, this means that the people should be able to speak their minds, as they are speaking their truthes and are harming no-one other than China's image.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg capable_olive | Upton Cross Primary School A
    02 Oct 2019

    People should have the right to speak up about their country and the prime minister/president needs to change this in china.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_meerkat | Michael Faraday School
    03 Oct 2019

    I think you do have the right to say what you like because all humans deserve to be heard.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg gentle_strategy | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    04 Oct 2019

    i do not agree because they might say rude word

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    1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_meerkat | Michael Faraday School
      gentle_strategy's comment 04 Oct 2019

      I agree but humans should be heard. And they shouldn't say anything rude like you said

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg energetic_cherry | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    04 Oct 2019

    I think they do but then they don't because they can say really bad words and make people upset

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg free_wallaby | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    04 Oct 2019

    yes i think people should have the right to say what they want but it has to be nice and not unkind

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  • Hammond School logo champion_hedgehog | Hammond Junior School B
    04 Oct 2019

    They should have the right to speak or there Will be more protests in the future

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  • Firth Park Academy credible_argument | Firth Park Academy
    04 Oct 2019

    I agree that people should have the right to say whatever they want because we are all apart of a environment a world and we need more people to get your voices out there so that other people can see us and help save the future the environment and the future that other people will be living and we want it to be a better future instead of putting our world at a very high risk. On the other hand I disagree that people have the right to say whatever they want because it could be abusive and also even if we do keep on nagging the government they might not do anything because they are to busy doing other important things and they are not listening to us now so maybe they will carry on ignoring us.

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_raccoon | New Horizons Children's Academy
    05 Oct 2019

    I think people should not have the right to say whatever they want because if they do, there will probably be arguments and there might be violence. Also, there are sware words that have bad meanings (leads to bigger arguments).

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  • Hammond School logo loved_wildcat | Hammond Junior School F
    06 Oct 2019

    I agree with entertaining strawberry because there are so many rights and wrongs so as we discussed in class some said no because you don’t want to hurt people with terrible words and that can cause violence and war not just in China but the whole of it and Hong Kong.


    Yes but the things you say has to be nice and positive or it would break the balance like right now.It also now involves the United Kingdom . So what should they do now?

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    07 Oct 2019

    yes your allowed to speak up but not all the time as your ideas might not be good

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    07 Oct 2019

    I have two opinions because I don't know which one is right.

    Yes:
    I think that it is good to allow people to say whatever they like, this is freedom of speech which is part of Human rights, which is a big problem in Hong Kong. The Press says a lot of things and some of them can be good. Like to celebrate the victory of a famous player like Dina Asher-Smith, she won the athletics competition and the press is all over her. But it can vary.

    No:

    I think people shouldn't have the right to say whatever they want because it can lead to depression. Bullying. People say whatever they want and it's normally not nice. So if people had the right to say whatever they want could it lead to people taking their lives away? Another reason why it is not right to say whatever they want because it can be dangerous for you. For example, if Hong Kongers do not stop protesting not only are they going to get themselves killed but they are leaving a bad record for their country. Coming back to press. I think that they can't really mind heir business. They tell people stuff that they don't need to know. Like soemthing that is about another person's life. It ould only make it worse for the victim.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg enchanted_dragonfruit | Noel Park Primary School
    07 Oct 2019

    YES!!!!!

    People have the right to speak because we have a mouth for a reason. We use it so we could speak. We even use it for our opinions. If we don't have the right to speak we would have a thing called "opinion".

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    1. Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg funny_camel | Noel Park Primary School
      enchanted_dragonfruit's comment 12 Oct 2019

      Yes I like it but it doesn’t make sense .

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        funny_camel's comment 14 Oct 2019

        Why not, funny_camel?

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg admirable_signature | Phoenix Primary School
    08 Oct 2019

    Introduction
    People should have a right to say whatever they want without being warned,paying a fine or having a trial for it.I personally cannot make up my mind whether you should be allowed to or not depending on what your gonna say but if i had to choose you should have the right to say whatever you want!

    Yes
    People should be allowed to say what they want, provided they are prepared to accept any consequences for their choice of words. You can’t ask to be protected from how people react to your point of view. The reactions of others cannot be controlled. Freedom of speech is the gateway to being able to question consensus, and to challenge what is being presented as truth. I think it’s everyone’s right to share their own investigations and critiques.I will never be for protecting people from hate speech and having people rely on trigger warnings or safe spaces. If you can’t handle the reality of violent words, how can you handle the reality of life’s violent interruptions?

    No
    You should not be able to say whatever you want People On social media and in the world criticize people for their Religions,Sexuality,Gender and Even your skin colour.On the news there we're reports of Homophobic Language and Racism which is Vastly Unacceptable and no matter who you are what you are or what qualities you have there is one thing we all have in common,We're People and we have feelings and emotions.Some people could get offended easily or some may not,whatever the case is People could you Freedom of speech for the wrong reasons and cause chaos which could go on forever,Just like the Hong Kong situation. Therefore people should not get freedom of speech until found worthy of it.

    Conclusion
    Whether you agree or disagree with my Points,People should have their Opinions and they should be able to share their thoughts without getting criticized or It is exceedingly intolerable to codemn someone and you or anyone you know should never even think about trying it.Whereas if someone is caught doing it you should report it and never let it happen again.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      admirable_signature's comment 08 Oct 2019

      Thanks for your comment, it's well developed and shows both sides of the argument. Well done. Sorry if I sound sceptical, but is this entirely written in your own words? We encourage students to research their comments but if you are using information from elsewhere, 1. include the link to where it came from and 2. write what you've found out in your own words.
      Thanks!

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