2014 Oslo Freedom Forum
October 22, 2014

Where do liberal-democracies draw the line in regards to free, protected speech and hate speech? In an era of enhanced migration and mobility, societies are becoming increasingly multi-cultural and many governments are concerned with silencing offensive speech to maintain the social peace. In a discussion moderated by journalist Michael Moynihan, American author Emily Parker, Sri Lankan journalist Frederica Jansz, Danish editor Flemming Rose, and English journalist Ian Birrell discuss whether or not liberal societies should respect all speech, regardless of its offensiveness, and explore how democracies can avoid the illiberal practices of silencing speech used in closed societies.