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Censorship and sensibility

Defending free speech, alas, takes more than standing up for science, sound argument and brave eloquence

Edmund Fawcett 

TEN PRINCIPLES FOR A CONNECTED WORLD Timothy Garton Ash Yale University Press 491 pages; $30 Among our most treasured public values, free speech is indispensable and perplexing. It involves us at once in high principle and shaming triviality, as two otherwise unconnected headline cases nicely attest. In Germany, a comedian who mocked the Turkish president on air may soon stand trial under an antique law against offending foreign dignitaries. In Florida, a jury in March rejected Gawker Media's free-speech defence and ordered it to pay $140 million in damages for posting a tawdry ...

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First Published: Sun, May 29 2016. 21:15 IST
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