Four Fundamental Freedoms

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 14, 2009
Journalist Answers Phone Calls From Radio Studio

Secretary Clinton spoke at the Roosevelt Institute's Four Freedoms Medals Gala Dinner, where she said:"Freedom of expression, for example, is no longer just defined by whether citizens can go to the town square, or the town hall, and criticize their government without fear of retribution. Advances in technology, from email and blogs to Twitter and text messaging, have opened up new forums for exercising free speech, and created new targets for those who would suppress the open exchange of knowledge and ideas.

Often, as we deal with these problems in the State Department now, we see that human rights defenders, civil society advocates, bloggers, and journalists are now being targeted for harassment and prosecution, even murder.

We see the continuing imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi, the recipient in absentia of the Freedom from Fear Award in 2006. We see the murders of journalists in Russia who are trying to expose the truth of criminal activity and governmental misconduct. We see Iran using arbitrary arrests to detain nearly 4,000 people for voicing or reporting complaints about the conduct of recent elections. And then we see the consequences of what happens in Venezuela or China, or elsewhere, when people believe that they are just exercising the universal right to speak and be heard.

Just weeks ago, an award-winning journalist and human rights activist was abducted and shot to death while investigating human rights violations in Chechnya. And while I welcome Russian President Medvedev's pledge to foster independent media, actions speak louder than words. Dozens of journalists have been killed in Russia in the last decade. Most of the murders are unsolved. Those responsible for such crimes should be brought to justice. And we in the United States have to stand firmly on the side of those who speak out. (Applause.)

We will continue to form partnerships with those who share our values, like the Government of the Netherlands. On Monday, the United States will take its place as a returning member of the UN Human Rights Council. When I made the decision that we would rejoin the Human Rights Council – (applause) – there were those who questioned that. How can you be part of something that is so contrary to the values that we espouse, that we wish to uphold, not only here at home but around the world? Well, we are going in to the arena. One of our priorities will be upholding universal standards for freedom of expression as we combat intolerance and discrimination everywhere it rears it head. (Applause.)

And we are reinvigorating the Global Internet Freedom Task Force as a forum for addressing challenges to internet freedom around the world, and we are urging United States media companies to take a proactive role in challenging foreign governments’ demands for censorship and surveillance of their citizens. (Applause.)

President Obama and I are committed to defending the Freedom of Expression on the new terrain of the 21st century so that, someday, people everywhere will have unencumbered access to the flow of information and the tools of expression – tools which are more abundant and more powerful today than at any time in history."

Read Secretary Clinton's full remarks or what she said about freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear.



Texas, USA
September 14, 2009

David in Texas writes:

Secretary Clinton continues to be a champion of the American Spirit. She is a staunch defender of civil liberties here in the U.S. and indeed everywhere she travels. Her work on behalf of Women's Rights both at home and abroad is inspiring to all of us.

New York, USA
September 14, 2009

Ron in New York writes:


Remember when the internet was lauded as the great equalizer for freedom and democracy in the New Millennium? Now, we are faced with instantaneous suppression, repression and censure by global mega-brothers. There is far more to fear from despotic regimes who seek to track back messages to defenders of human rights; than those who seek to twit or blog a politically threatening message. Regimes in power, can punish the e-messenger...We need to protect, defend and support those who seek an E-Voice for Freedom.

Virginia, USA
September 14, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

It appears that Russia opened a credit line of 2 Billion dollars for Mr. Chavez in Venz to buy Military weapons, tanks, missiles and aircraft. He is also considering Nuclear Weapons. Let me see if I have this right? Mr. Chavez became a friend of President Obama then betrayed the trust by buying Military weapons from Russia? Tell me this isn't so? The same country of Venz. that shut down it's radio stations in fear of the people rebelling because the dicator wants to become a Communist Leader? Scarey Times!

New York, USA
September 15, 2009

Baratunde in New York writes:

i heard great things about this speech. when and where will you be posting video?

United Kingdom
September 15, 2009

Azar in the United Kingdom writes:

It is hard to believe that Obama/Clinton intentions are freedom for ppl whilst they killed democracy in Iran several times in the past yet now that there is the greatest upportunity for democracy and liberty of Iranians what do they do?! they support the merdurer IRI by accepting them and sitting to nagotiate with them! I wonder! Do the world leader realy think that people are that stiupit?!

To all the world leaders, People of all generations in Iran knowe very well of who, when and how they have stoped freedoms of ppl and still trying hard to do so.

Please give us abreak, litson to yourselfes nad watch your action. It didnot take time for GB to take REZA SHAH KABEAR, niether took time for U.S. for regime change in 1979 and impose brutal IRI on us then leave it in the hands ob SAVAGE RUSSIA. the flames of these fires one day soon is going to catck up with all of you God willing.

New Mexico, USA
September 16, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

How about a people's right to just say "No."???

Quote of the Day:
"I say it before the world: Venezuela is going to start the process of developing nuclear energy, but we're not going to make an atomic bomb, so don't be bothering us afterward."

--Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.


He'd be better off tapping geothermic sources to produce electricity, I think.

The question of what to do with the waste products from the nuclear industry and reactors should be resolved on a global level of understanding before nations should expand the use, as a source of energy.

This technology directly impacts freedoms on all levels, as well posing a test of nation's responsibility to protect populations from environmental hazzard.

Now if the global nuclear industrialists would fund NASA and other space programs to come up with a safe way to launch the waste off planet, then we might have a working program. As it is, I think an accident is waiting to happen.


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