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Free Speech Debate Principles Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

Principles of Free Speech Debate

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

About FSD

Free Speech Debate is a multil­ingual platform for the discussion of free expression in the age of the internet and mass migration. It is based at the University of Oxford. Ten draft principles for global free speech are offered, together with explan­ations, case studies and interviews - all up for debate. Individual users from across the world take part in the online discus­sion. You can propose new case studies and suggest revised or entirely new princi­ples. Free Speech Debate is dedicated to expanding this vital discussion beyond the west and global north, into the east and south. The website is actively moderated by, and the original content generated by, an intern­ational team at Oxford Univer­sity, working under the leadership of historian and journalist Timothy Garton Ash.

10 Principles of Free Speech Debate

1. We - all human beings - must be free and able to express ourselves, and to seek, receive and impart inform­ation and ideas, regardless of frontiers.

2. We defend the internet and all other forms of commun­ication against illegi­timate encroa­chments by both public and private powers.

3. We require and create open, diverse media so we can make well-i­nformed decisions and partic­ipate fully in political life.

4. We speak openly and with civility about all kinds of human differ­ence.

5. We allow no taboos in the discussion and dissem­ination of knowledge.

6. We neither make threats of violence nor accept violent intimi­dation.

7. We respect the believer but not necess­arily the content of the belief.

8. We are all entitled to a private life but should accept such scrutiny as is in the public interest.

9. We should be able to counter slurs on our reputa­tions without stifling legitimate debate.

10. We 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.