If any of you have been following the Count Dankula case over in Britain, you'll know that a man has just been convicted for the crime of making a joke, the court disregarding context and intent to simply go after the content of a video. This is egregious to the maximum. Any country that values liberty will hold at the fore the right to freedom of speech. Those countries that devalue liberty often go after the freedom of speech. It is a sign of what the governmental priorities are if you find that there is restrictions on your free speech.
Fight this. I cannot be emphatic enough.
In the book 1984 by George Orwell, he paints the picture of a society controlled to the extreme by government, to the point that the government can prosecute thought crime. everyone has a screen watching them, everyone is controlled. All speech and literature is edited so that it is non-offensive. As a kid reading the book, the ideas seemed mostly outlandish. We'd never be so stupid as to allow our freedom of speech to become nonexistant. I am appalled at the state of decay that I see becoming more and more prevalent.
We cannot let the right to be not offended supersede our right to free speech. Fight this. Fight to change these. If you live in places that attack your right like this, vote and be active, protest, and do all that you can to maintain that essential liberty. If you see the threat of your freedom of speech being taken, be every bit as active in ensuring that your representatives actually will fight for your rights.
Be awake and aware, people.
Here's a link to a petition to free count dankula. While it might not have an effect on his sentence, hopefully we can let them know that the public support is not with them.