Free Speech

My right to say what you don't want to hear?

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For me, this current movement for social change has generated confusion about my stance on Free Speech.

Should someone be allowed to say ‘Racists are vile’ ?
What about if we substitute Racists for Black people or Gays or Feminists?

Many of us instinctively say we support freedom of expression but we become more hesitant when views are expressed which we personally find offensive or insulting.

Should all offensive speech be banned? But how should we decide what is acceptable and what is not?

National laws generally cover:

* Obscenity (although it’s very difficult to define)
* Lies (perjury, libel, false advertising)
* Incitement to violence

But currently, there is no legal international definition of Hate Speech.

This 2-minute video looks at some of the issues.

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