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free speaker or agent provocateur? (to Mad Max)

Reader comment on item: Post-Mortem on the Muhammad Protests
in response to reader comment: Gap in the mindset

Submitted by ann farmer (United Kingdom), Oct 3, 2012 at 17:11

Using insults deliberately to provoke violence from which someone else will suffer is sheer cowardice. Far from promoting free speech it puts it in a bad light. Many countries in the world do not enjoy free speech - merely to criticize their governments will land them in jail, possibly to be tortured. Argue, debate - but do so in such a way as to encourage respect rather than disdain for freedom of speech.


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