Free speech means freedom for the thought we hate

“Freedom of expression matters most where the expression in question is unpopular: if it is to mean anything, it must mean ‘freedom for the thought that we hate’ (US v Schwimmer 279 US 644, 655 (1929) Holmes J); it covers not only mainstream ideas which hardly need protection, but also those that ‘offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population’ (Handyside v United Kingdom 5493/72 [1976] ECHR 5 (7 December 1976)). That is why this blog has defended the right to freedom of expression especially when it involves unpopular opinions or unpopular speakers …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 27 January]

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