19th February 2018
WHT Annual Debate 2018 – This House recognises that Hate speech is Free speech
A fantastic turnout with a full room for the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust Annual Scholars Debate 2018 on This House recognises that Hate speech is Free speech. Chaired by Sir Trevor McDonald, the debate was passionate and well-informed, showcasing the international nature of our scholarship.
Whilst the proposition argued that restricting free speech is the censorship tool for authoritarianism, the opposition argued that hate speech harms minorities and incites violence.
The motion was defeated by the opposition team with 60% of our participants voted for setting restrictions on Hate Speech. Sir Trevor McDonald closed the debate by reminding the audience that our freedoms are not unlimited, and lines must be drawn.
‘Voltaire, the French philosopher had said: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. I did my bit to defend it yesterday @OxfordTownHall’