Free Speech Debate

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1We – all human beings – must be free and able to express ourselves, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers.»
2We defend the internet and all other forms of communication against illegitimate encroachments by both public and private powers.»
3We require and create open, diverse media so we can make well-informed decisions and participate fully in political life.»
4We speak openly and with civility about all kinds of human difference.»
5We allow no taboos in the discussion and dissemination of knowledge.»
6We neither make threats of violence nor accept violent intimidation.»
7We respect the believer but not necessarily the content of the belief.»
8We are all entitled to a private life but should accept such scrutiny as is in the public interest.»
9We should be able to counter slurs on our reputations without stifling legitimate debate.»
10We must be free to challenge all limits to freedom of expression and information justified on such grounds as national security, public order, morality and the protection of intellectual property.»

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Our advisers

Dr Miriyam Aouragh, Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

Clive Baldwin, Senior Legal Adviser, Human Rights Watch

Professor Eric Barendt, Emeritus Professor of Media Law and Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL

Professor Rajeev Bhargava, Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi)

Dr Ian Brown, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

Judith Bruhn, former online editor of Free Speech Debate, 2012-2015

Dr Agnès Callamard, Executive Director, Article 19

Professor Ying Chan, Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, Hong Kong University

Sandra Coliver, Senior Legal Officer, Open Society Justice Initiative

Dr Faisal Devji, Reader in Modern Asian History, University of Oxford

Simon Dickson, Director of Platform Services, VIP

Peter Eckersley, Technology Projects Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jo Glanville, Director, English PEN

Miklós Haraszti, Former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Jonathan Heawood, Director of Programmes, Sigrid Rausing Trust

Professor Ayşe Kadıoğlu, Istanbul Policy Centre

John Lloyd, Director of Journalism, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research (Delhi)

Evgeny Morozov, Visiting Scholar, Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

Dr Kerem Öktem, Research Fellow, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

Maryam Omidi, Online Editor of Free Speech Debate, 2011/12

Brian Pellot, Online Editor of Free Speech Debate, 2012

Professor Rob Reich, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Professor Jeremy Waldron, Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Dr Nigel Warburton, Virtual Philosopher Ltd

Dr Joss Wright, Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

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Published on: February 7, 2012 | No Comments

Free Speech Debate is a research project of the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom at St Antony's College in the University of Oxford.