Discuss or debate the questions below.
Why is free speech important?
It reinforces all other human rights, allowing society to develop and progress. The ability to express our opinion and speak freely is essential to bring about change in society. Free speech is important for many other reasons.
Index spoke to many different experts, professors and campaigners to find out why free speech is important to them. Index on Censorship magazine editor, Rachael Jolley, believes that free speech is crucial for change.
Free speech is not only about your ability to speak but the ability to listen to others and allow other views to be heard.
But we should feel comfortable being in a room with people who disagree with us as otherwise nothing will change. It includes the right and moral imperative to challenge, oppose and protest bigoted views.
Bad ideas are most effectively defeated by good ideas — backed up by ethics, reason — rather than by bans and censorship. Tatchell, who following the incident took part in a demonstration urging the UK National Union of Students to reform its safe space and no-platforming policies, told Index why free speech is important to him.
A free society depends on the free exchange of ideas. Nearly all ideas are capable of giving offence to someone. Many of the most important, profound ideas in human history, such as those of Galileo Galilei and Charles Darwin, caused great religious offence in their time.
It is worrying the way the National Union of Students and its affiliated Student Unions sometimes seek to use no-platform and safe space policies to silence dissenters, including feminists, apostates, LGBTI campaigners, liberal Muslims, anti-fascists and critics of Islamist extremism.
Whether it is through violence or the abuse of power such as no-platform we should always fear those who seek to close down debate and impose their view, right or wrong. They are the tyrants. We need to hear many truths and live many experiences in order to gain the wisdom to make the right and justified decisions.
Many world leaders spoke out in support of Charlie Hebdo and the hashtag Jesuischarlie was used worldwide as an act of solidarity. French cartoonist t0ad told Index about the importance of free speech in allowing him to do his job as a cartoonist, and the effect the attacks have had on free speech in France: Cartoonists in some other countries do not have that chance, as we are brutally reminded.
Charlie Hebdo attacks, country law while globalisation of images and ideas, rise of intolerances, complex realities and ever shorter time and thought, etc.
From where I stand behind a screen, as many of usspeech seems to have gone freer … where it consists of hate — though this should not be defined as freedom. Sambrook told Index why everyone should have the right to free speech: Intellectual restriction is as serious as physical incarceration.
Freedom to think and to speak is a basic human right. Anyone seeking to restrict it only does so in the name of seeking further power over individuals against their will.Free Speech Debate organised a panel discussion on the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and its future.
Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi stresses the importance of free speech but emphasises the Buddhist idea of “right speech”.
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