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Should even hate speech be free speech?

30 OCTOBER, NEW YORK PUBLIC RADIO HQ, VARICK STREET, NYC

Produced in partnership with the National Coalition Against Censorship, this debate, featuring a transatlantic panel, questioned whether some words and ideas are just too hateful for public life. Certainly, across the Western world, there are many who seem to think that some ideas should be suppressed, with laws and strictures against hate speech spreading like wildfire. In Europe, individuals have been arrested and fined, even jailed, for criticising homosexuality in church sermons or for handing out leaflets critical of Islam. In the US, there might not be actual laws against hate speech, but the idea that hateful speech is harmful and dangerous is gaining ground, especially on campuses, where students find themselves censured for ‘harassing’ people with words and ideas. We asked what is behind this rise and rise of hate-speech legislation and codes? And does a genuine commitment to freedom of speech mean defending the right to speak hatefully, and to say things that the majority of people will find outrageous?

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Brendan O'Neill Editor, spiked

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Greg Lukianoff President, FIRE

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Nadine Strossen campaigner and academic

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Wendy Kaminer lawyer and social critic

Comment, analysis and more…

A collection of articles, podcasts and interviews tackling hate speech.

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Why I staged The death of Klinghoffer

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Duke Uni students need to man up

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Let everyone say what he thinks

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Say 'no' to restrictions on dangerous ideas

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On why the ACLU defended NAMBLA

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Yes, freedom of speech should be absolute

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Why we should all hail the Redskins

Time and Location

Jerome L Greene Performance Space
New York Public Radio HQ
Varick Street
New York
NY 10013

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