JOHOR BARU: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said freedom of speech or expression was necessary and important, but not to the extent of creating lies.
Commenting on the movie, Innocence of Muslims, that insulted Prophet Muhammad and Islam, Dr Mahathir said the act of making such a anti-Islam film was something "blatantly disgusting".
He said all types of freedom should have their limit and one should not insult or cause disharmony to another person in the name of freedom of expression.
"Freedom does not include causing or creating hatred among Muslims against those who debase their religion.
"When one doesn't put a limit to the definition of freedom, then there will be room for misuse of power and it will create havoc and instability.
"People will demonstrate and get injured or murdered like in Libya. When there is instability, a country cannot develop," he said when addressing students during a forum at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia here.
He said it was not freedom when one said or did something without thinking of others' feelings.