MICHAEL MORRIS: Protect freedom of speech at all costs
Hate speech and discrimination are on the rise on social media but contesting opinion is a reason for cleaving to free speech
Every principle risks running into difficulties at the extremes, free speech especially so. It can be too much of a good thing. Or so we are tempted to believe.
Respected journalist Ferial Haffajee wrote with feeling last week about social media’s “rising threat to media freedom”: the juggernaut of untrammelled public opinion that she felt reduced her to “roadkill” in its tracks.