EDITORIAL:

The democratic world, it seems, is in the grips of a polarising debate about free speech. At the forefront of the issue is just when free speech becomes hate speech, and whether in order to protect the former, the latter must also be allowed.

The internet is rife with those who espouse its values - but often aggressively shut down those with a differing opinion. Have we become more sensitive? Are we less tolerant? And just how do we protect such a fundamental tenet of democracy without infringing on the rights - or safety - of others?

The issues

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