Keith W. Munday
0ne of the things that democratic states boast about is
their liberty and freedom. Freedom to follow one's own life-style and beliefs.
Freedom of movement, and particularly - and we love to repeat it - the freedom
of the Press. This in principle includes all kinds of publishing, not only in
print but also in films and plays etc.
All this however calls for responsibility; it needs
guidelines, and where necessary laws, because democracy also stands for freedom
A motorist for instance is free to use the roads from one
end of the country to the other if he so desires. But that's not the whole
story. He must obey certain laws, which are not given to impede his journey but
rather to safeguard him and other users of the road. His vehicle must be
road-worthy and taxed. He must be appropriately insured and hold a driving
licence, and that's all before he starts. He then become subject to all the
traffic laws en route.