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date: 06 July 2022

p. 96Conclusion: the future of free speechlocked

p. 96Conclusion: the future of free speechlocked

  • Nigel Warburton

Abstract

The Conclusion looks to how the free speech debate will continue in the future. So long as we continue to recognise free speech's importance to democracy, then the hope is that we feel braver about resisting pressure to censor ourselves for fear of offending someone. Sometimes we do need to give greater weight to other considerations besides freedom of expression. We must be clear, though, on why the protection of someone is more important than free speech and why we need to draw a line. Toleration of free speech may come by the impossibility of censoring across lines of communication such as the Internet, but this is not certain.

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