Free Speech Debate

Thirteen languages. Ten principles. One conversation.

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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.»

What’s missing?

Is there a vital area we have not addressed? A principle 11? An illuminating case study? Read other people's suggestions and add your own here. Or start the debate in your own language.

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What’s missing?

Is there a vital area we have not addressed? A principle 11? An illuminating case study? Read other people’s suggestions and add your own here. Or start the debate in your own language.

Discussions

  • (Photo by hashmil under a Creative Commons Attribution-only licence)

    Suggest a principle

    We've left this slot for an 11th principle entirely open to debate. Suggest areas and ideas here. Read and comment on proposals made by others.

    February 24, 2012 | Comments: 117
  • Freedom Square

    Dziesięć zasad

    Po Polsku! Our 10 draft principles translated into Polish by Maciej Stasiński of Gazeta Wyborcza

    May 15, 2013 | Comments: 0
  • 6830207657_62b9623901_z

    “You are the problem, not the solution”

    We regularly highlight comments that have made an impression on us. Today’s comment comes from our user Howard Hill who is challenging the validity of the idea of the project.

    November 23, 2012 | Comments: 3
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    Reader’s comment

    We regularly highlight comments that have made an impression on us. Today's comes from user Martinned responding to Brian Pellot's discussion piece on the Innocence of Muslims controversy.

    October 5, 2012 | Comments: 9
  • estonia

    10 aluspõhimõtte visand

    10 aluspõhimõtte visand, tõlkinud Martin Ehala. Our 10 draft principles translated into Estonian.

    July 27, 2012 | Comments: 0

Case studies

  • (Photo by hashmil under a Creative Commons Attribution-only licence)

    Suggest a case study

    Our case studies are real-life examples from across the world that illustrate and challenge our draft principles for global free expression. If there's a case you think we should write up for debate, let us know here.

    February 10, 2012 | Comments: 15

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. www.freespeechdebate.ox.ac.uk