October 2009 - Sometimes, the Dubroom
is criticized for having banned people from
the Message Boards because of what they call
is an infringement of their "right to
freedom of speech". Does this right
enable anyone to say anything on any site,
and whose right is it anyway?
A declaration of rights....
Freedom of Speech is one of
the foundations for the free flow of
information and exchange of ideas. This
freedom is a right, some say that it is even
a right which is given to people by the
right so important, that even those who are
against it will still make use of it (see
It is this freedom, which
enables sites like the Dubroom to be exactly
what they are: expressions of the Freedom of
Speech by the webmasters and editors of said
The Dubroom is quite clear and obvious in
it's goal: the independent promotion of
(DUB) Reggae and Consciousness. For this,
music is reviewed, things are researched and
reported upon, musical works are released,
et cetera. Everything is published on a
server, several weblogs and on a Message
Nothing could be published without
existence of the Dubroom Webmaster's Right
to Freedom of Speech.
Communication is a must and so there are
several ways to communicate with the Dubroom
Webmaster and/or other readers/visitors.
There's a contact page, from where people
can give feedback over e-mail. On the
weblogs, there are options to post comments
and then there are the Dubroom Messageboards,
where people can register and post their
opinions on the several fora.
This is where "Freedom of
Speech" of the readers/visitors on the
Dubroom comes into the picture. Should any
one be able to say anything? Should the KKK
be allowed and spread their white supremacy
A site like the Dubroom does not only
attract visitors and readers who are
interested or in agreement with the bulk of
what's written. There are those who are in
more than strong disagreement with some
stuff they find on the website. Some would
even love to see the site go completely
Obviously, these people have -just like
yours truly- their right to Freedom of
Speech: we all should be able to express our
ideas without having to fear for getting
arrested by the police and taken to
Guantanamo Bay. The only question is: where
should that freedom be expressed? Should
everyone be able to say everything on the
Dubroom, because of their right to Freedom
A very interesting question, which this
article attempts to answer.
First of all: what is the Right to
Freedom of Speech anyway? Even though there
are many -legal- definitions, you could say
it basically is the right to go into the
public domain and say your opinion.
This opinion could be, for example, that
(DUB) Reggae is the best music there is
because of the music and connection with
what is called in that musical culture as
Consciousness, and that this should be
promoted. This opinion has caused the
Dubroom to come into existence, this opinion
is expressed in the public domain that is
the Internet. It is the Right to Freedom of
Speech of the Dubroom's webmaster which
caused this site to come into existence.
Now, there are people who would perhaps
say that Hard Rock is the best music in the
world. Even stronger: there are people who
hate (DUB) Reggae and would do anything in
their power to destroy the music. On top of
that, it is an offense to many people, that
within Reggae Culture there are multitudes
who believe in the Creator and call Him by
His Name Jah.
All these people have the Right to
Freedom of Speech, but do they have get the
space for that on the Dubroom? Is it an
infringement on their Freedom of Speech when
they cannot post that speech on the
Dubroom's fora and comment pages?
The answer is very simple: no!
The Freedom of Speech is in the very
public domain where you can find all the
different websites that there are: in
Cyberspace itself. The Dubroom is one voice
in that public domain, just one out of many
voices all saying different things about
just about everything.
There are websites aimed at helping
people building their own cars, there are
websites where certain religions are
promoted, there are websites where racists
spread their dung, et cetera et cetera. All
these sites are voices of people expressing
their Speech in Freedom.
Since the Dubroom is the Freedom of
Speech of it's Webmaster, expressing the
opinion that (DUB) Reggae and Consciousness
should be promoted, it would be an
infringement of this Freedom when others
would register themselves and start doing
the exact opposite of what the Dubroom
stands for. It would be like they would step
into someone else's mouth and start to speak
and then call that "free speech",
instead of just using their own mouth.
And so, there are some basic conditions
when it comes to being able to post on the
Dubroom Message Boards or leaving comments
on the weblogs.
Actually, there is just one condition.
That condition is, that you must agree
that (DUB) Reggae and/or Consciousness
(preferably both) should be promoted.
When you disagree with that, because for
example you just want to use Reggae Music to
get your religion across but you really hate
the music or you basically love to hate
everything to do with JAH, then you should
not post a thing on the Dubroom. You should
express your right by creating your own
website where you state you want to fight
Reggae and Consciousness, and write about
the Dubroom on that website. The Dubroom
might write about your site, too...
Throughout the years, the Dubroom was
confronted with situations resulting
ultimately in a ban of persons who turned
out to not have the promotion of (DUB)
Reggae and/or Consciousness in mind. They
would not be genuinely interested in the
topics but had to get their message across,
a message totally opposite of what the
Dubroom stands for.
Every time, such a ban would be described
by these persons as
"infringements" on their
"freedom of speech" on other
Message Boards. A total non-argument,
because they can express their Speech on
other websites, they can even make their own
website or weblog, they do not need the
Dubroom to be able to express their Freedom
of Speech, so there is something else going
Something which has nothing to do with
Freedom of Speech.
What they really mean is that they want
to post on the Dubroom specifically. They're
angry that they cannot post the same things
on the Dubroom as they post on other
websites. For some reason, they want to post
on the Dubroom. That reason is usually, that
they hate what this site and it's webmaster
stands for: the promotion of (DUB) Reggae
and Consciousness, preferably both.
For as long as Jah lets it happen, the
Dubroom will continue to independently
promote (DUB) Reggae and Consciousness. As
long as the Dubroom will promote (DUB)
Reggae and Consciousness, there will be
people hating the site for it.
It's their right to hate, it's not their
right to try and shut down the Dubroom or
change it because they happen to disagree
with the opinion of the Dubroom webmaster.
For that would be an infringement of the
Right to Freedom of Speech of that Dubroom
One Love, Give Thanks,
Messian Dread (Dubroom Webmaster)