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The Right To Free Speech Does Not Mean The Right To A Free Platform

 

Free speech is a term which is thrown around a lot these days, often in the context of heated confrontations. “You’re violating my free speech!” is the new war cry of the alt-right on Twitter and Reddit, who will vociferously defend themselves against this so-called “PC brigade” which attempts to censor them at every turn.

It’s also the pretence which is used to justify the invitation of deeply divisive figures to speak at debates, talk shows and university unions. On 16 November of last year, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was controversially hosted by the Oxford Union, an event which triggered a frenzy among students, several of whom turned up on the day to protest. It’s not the first time the Union has had right-wing populists among its guests, including Katie Hopkins and BNP leader Nick Griffin, while American campuses have invited commentators such as Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter. These figures, to many people’s eyes, cannot be described as conventional conservatives. Their actions and beliefs have included support of white genocide conspiracy theoriesracially harassing people on Twittercalling for a “final solution” and a history of backing nationalist parties. Read more

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The Right To Free Speech Does Not Mean The Right To A Free Platform

Free speech is a term which is thrown around a lot these days, often in the context of heated confrontations. “You’re violating my free speech!” is the new war cry of the alt-right on Twitter and Reddit, who will vociferously defend themselves against this so-called “PC brigade” which attempts to censor them at every turn.

The Right To Free Speech Does Not Mean The Right To A Free Platform

Free speech is a term which is thrown around a lot these days, often in the context of heated confrontations. “You’re violating my free speech!” is the new war cry of the alt-right on Twitter and Reddit, who will vociferously defend themselves against this so-called “PC brigade” which attempts to censor them at every turn.