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You can’t say that! Free speech in an age of offence

November 2014

SCT’s director Peter Bradley recently took part in a debate organised at the Free Word Centre in London by the Institute of Ideas in association with Free Word and English PEN.

At a time when calls to censor expression considered offensive have become almost a daily occurence, the IoI gathered a panel for one of its Battle of Ideas events and asked: are there some words or ideas that are so abhorrent they must be eliminated from public life regardless of the context; or does such a subjective measure as offence inevitably result in the stifling of free expression and the ability to speak frankly on controversial subjects?

You can listen to the debate on Free Word’s website. Peter Bradley’s article Living in Outrageous Times, based on his contribution to the debate, can be found on the Free Speech Debate website.