This is an excerpt from the free speech panel at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford, on November 12, 2015. The panel consisted of author Mick Hume (Trigger Warning), philosopher Nigel Warburton, journalist and writer Peter Hitchens, OUSU women’s campaign officer Stephanie Kelley, and Co-President of Oxford Student PEN, Sarah Lyo.
We – all human beings – must be free and able to express ourselves, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers.
We require uncensored, diverse, trustworthy media so we can make well-informed decisions and participate fully in political life.
We must be able to protect our privacy and to counter slurs on our reputations, but not prevent scrutiny that is in the public interest.
We must be empowered to challenge all limits to freedom of information justified on such grounds as national security.
We defend the internet and other systems of communication against illegitimate encroachments by both public and private powers.