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‘Freedom of speech’ with Jacqueline Maingard

In this video, Jacqueline Maingard talks about freedom of speech, using South Africa as an example, in relation to global citizenship.

If asked, many people would say that freedom of speech (or freedom of expression, as it is sometimes also referred to) was important, a good thing, even one of the most basic human rights which should be protected: we shouldn’t be censored in what we say, and we should be free to express our opinions.

As with many ideas explored so far, however, it’s not always as straightforward. In reality there are already many limitations to freedom of speech throughout the world.

For example, what if someone uses their freedom of speech to incite hatred? Or, by speaking is infringing on the human rights of others?

In this first video of the week, Jacqueline uses the case of South Africa to explore these ideas, and asks you to consider your reactions to the following questions.

  • Is freedom of speech always a good thing?

  • Who gets to decide what limits there should be on freedom of speech?

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