I was watching a CNN segment about a new TV station in Cairo. It featured women, in full burqa's, for about 4 hours a day. The station manager's father funds the thing - and it gets about $31,000 in donations every month - and he sounds like a right old piece of work. He blames Christianity for the moral decay he sees in the world. He also thinks it's ridiculous that women can stand for election. This guy is not into Women's Lib, and neither is his daughter, the aforementioned station manager. She wants freedom for herself, but like all conservatives, wants to limit it for others. It was like watching an Egyptian variation of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. I should mention that the women on this show are all conservative Islamic women.
The problem with free speech is that there are plenty who will use it to call for restrictions on free expression and equality. At least while those problems exist, we know that free speech is possible. When criticism isn't possible - we know free speech has been curtailed. Because, after they've lined up the intellectuals and shot them, the next thing to go is the ability to criticize the regime.
Let's hope the Tea Party implodes sometime soon. :-)