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The West’s Attack on Free Speech

Danish rights lawyer Jacob Mchangama puts forth a compelling case for protecting hate speech. Freedom of expression can be curtailed both to prevent democracy and protect it, he explains, yet censorship with noble intentions is still censorship. Mchangama quotes George Orwell: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear.” Mchangama reveals how the censorship of hate speech is often viewed as a tool for protecting human rights today. He exposes the roots of this point of view, pointing out that it was the Soviets who won the debate over Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights while the West was opposed.

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