Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?

Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?


In this blistering polemic, veteran journalist Mick Hume provides an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression, which he argues is threatened within the West, no longer via jackbooted censorship yet through a creeping tradition of conformism and You-Can’t-Say-That.

The cold-blooded homicide of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in January 2015 introduced a dangerous concentration to the difficulty of loose speech. Leaders of the free-thinking international united in condemning the killings, proclaiming ‘Je suis Charlie’. however it wasn’t lengthy ahead of many commentators have been arguing that the bloodbath confirmed the necessity to follow limits to loose speech and to limit the perfect to be offensive.

It has develop into trendy not just to claim your self indignant via what someone else says, yet to take advantage of the ‘offence card’ to call for that they be avoided from announcing it. Social media web pages akin to Twitter became the scene of ‘twitch hunts’ the place on-line mobs seek out trolls and different heretics who exhibit the ‘wrong’ opinion. And set off Warnings and different measures to ‘protect’ delicate scholars from probably offensive fabric have unfold from American universities around the Atlantic and the internet.

Hume argues that with out freedom of expression, our different liberties wouldn't be attainable. opposed to the history of the old struggle at no cost speech, set off caution identifies the hot threats dealing with it this present day and spells out how unfettered freedom of expression, regardless of the soreness and the issues it involves, continues to be an important liberty of all.

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