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Don’t shout at the telly: Hate speech


If freedom of speech is a hallmark of democratic society, where does hate speech fit in? Should the ‘N word’ or the BNP be banned? On the sofa, participants discuss restrictions on speech and what might really hurt. Munira Mirza, Director of Policy to Boris Johnson leads the discussion, emphasising that bans on hate speech are largely ineffective in changing people’s views. One participant asks whether we are creating a hierarchy of victimhood and where bans leave our power to criticise, challenge offensive views and stand up for ourselves.

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Related topics: Civil Liberties, Debates, Democracy-Brexit

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John Howard said:

Very frank and revealing really disagree over big brother incident and use of N word – all over blown and makes out we are all so pathetic we can’t handle bad words-victimhood I think is more damaging than bad language.

Sarah kelly said:

Excellent discussion and I agree with Munira bans can only be bad news.