Free expression as a fundmental human right includes speech that shocks, offends and disturbs
16 May 2019

Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg told Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday 15 May 2019 that that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. Index believes that individuals should be free to express themselves unless they are inciting violence  and free speech includes the right to say things that may shock, offend or disturb.

Ginsberg was giving evidence to the committee as it discussed democracy, free speech and freedom of association. Jacob Rowbottom, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford, and Richard Wingfield, Head of Legal, Global Partners Digital, also gave evidence.

Watch the full committee meeting here.

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