Freedom of Speech
To begin with, government make laws base on the constitution of a country. In a free society before laws are made,legislation are examine by those who are in agreement and those opposing. In this case everyone has a say, so it is very difficult for any leader to take advantage of the system. Further more, individuals feel safe and valuable in a free country when they are allow to express their feelings by voting during general elections,and even when making community decisions. Trying to remove or reduce this democratic right can cause protest and even riots. Take for instance the series of riots that took place in the caribbean during the mid 1900, was mainly due to the fact that some official leaders were trying to abuse the system in order to introduce communism. This lead to long term negative economic growth as international trade seized through out the period.
On the the other hand, some people argues that if critical decisions are to be made base on how everyone feels, the country will remain stagnant to change because we cannot please everyone at the same time. They argues further by stating that only some social changes should include the population opinion for instance health and education, where as matters of national security should always remain unclassified.
In short, despite the fact that people in free societies have difference in opinion, it is the duty of policy makers to keep the people informed and up to date when making decisions on their behalf. There is no justification for doing otherwise because freedom starts with a voice.