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Special MPRG (in person) – Mark Oppenheimer (Johannesburg Bar)
July 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Edgecliffe 104
Title: Should hate speech be against the law?
Abstract: Hate speech has become increasingly prevalent, fuelled by social media, political polarization, and the rise of extremist groups. It can have a profoundly negative impact on individuals and communities, causing harm, inciting violence, and perpetuating discrimination. However, hate speech is notoriously difficult to define and regulate. We will discuss real life court cases involving offensive flags, demands for an end to gay marriage, and songs calling for the slaughter of ethnic minorities. Along the way we will uncover the value of freedom of expression and determine whether it should ever be limited.