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Report No. 101

4.9. Importance of freedom of expression.-

Apart from all these considerations, there is the fundamental object of freedom of speech and expression. It is for the pursuit of truth that such freedom is given. It is only when there is free expression of ideas that truth reveals itself. Without a relentless pursuit of truth, the great things of heart and intellect might be lost to us. The object of protecting freedom of speech and expression is to ensure that the life of the mind, as lived by members of society, is given full expression. When the matter is viewed in this light, the case for making a distinction between 'natural' and 'artificial' persons becomes very weak and the case for conferring the protection on all entities becomes almost unanswerable. It should also be borne in mind that the life of the mind is not exclusively lived on an individual level. It is as much lived through the entities that carry on social activities.



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