“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.”, Herbert Hoover, American President, 1874 - 1964
Talk cock again!
I happen to know one old man, who managed to defy this trend. He used to be the lawyer for workers and trade unions and fought for the rights of these commoners to speak up and to protest. He even made long speeches in the legislative assembly where he strongly advocated free speech and urged for democracy.
Later on, he "climbed to power on the ladder of free speech", yet he still dishes out free speech to all his citizens， none of whom need be fearful of speaking up. He had used defamation suit, but only when he was really defamed. He had shut down newspapers, but only when they really deserved to be shut down.
Thankfully, there are people like him around, to prove President Hoover wrong.