Monday, March 04, 2019

See if you can spot the problem with this statement

'We uphold the principle of free speech exercised responsibly within the law in all our activities; the right to think and speak freely and to explore ideas is fundamental to the idea of a university. 

 'Upholding academic freedom and respecting the views of others are joint commitments shared by all members of the university and we have a clear Code of Practice on the Freedom of Speech, which is designed to ensure that freedom of speech within the law is secured for all staff, students and visiting speakers.'
Yeah.  'exercised responsibly within the law' does not go well with 'the right to think and speak freely and to explore ideas'.  At least if you actually give a damn about the 'freely' and 'explore' parts.

And 'freedom of speech within the law'...

I do not think 'freedom of speech' means what they think it does.

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