2015 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 26, 2015
British-Indian author Kenan Malik speaks about how the right to offend is necessary in order to protect other rights, such as the freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Without the right to offend, says Malik, we allow repressive regimes to remain in control. Malik discusses how in a diverse society, the right to offend is both inevitable and important for change and social progress. Free speech should be inclusive, and he cautions against treating respect and tolerance as more important than unhindered freedom of expression. Ultimately, Malik illustrates how limiting the right to offend effectively limits speech entirely.