Aug 082014
 August 8, 2014  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Julia Powles writes:

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, has a particular cultural and economic perspective on free speech – reflected in comments made both by him and by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Free speech is undoubtedly a cornerstone of freedom, but it cannot always be fought or guarded in the court of public opinion; the free market of ideas.

To Wales, bad speech is defeated by more speech. Such a solution does not guarantee a defence to the weak and the marginalised. Here, in particular, the human rights that benefit all of us serve a fundamental purpose.

In the UK – where a serious legal commitment to human rights is wavering– we cannot afford to be loose with terminology. Wales refers, inaccurately, to “history as a human right”, to “the right to remember”, to “the right to truth”.

Read more on The Guardian.

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