TESTING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

The simple fact is that there is only one test of whether you believe in freedom of expression and it is a simple one: Do you believe in freedom of expression for those you detest and for those whose views or whose expression you detest.

If not, then you do not believe in freedom of expression at all. If you do not uphold the right of such expression, then you believe in the right only to agree with you.

From the Ashol Kumar Sarkar Memorial Lecture keynote address, Kolkata Book Fair given January 29, 2015 by Zia Haider Rahman​ of “In The Light Of What We Know.” For the whole speech:
http://ziahaiderrahman.com/aks/

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