Rowan Williams: Freedom of Speech not absolute: Anglican Ink, December 19, 2012 December 20, 2012Posted by geoconger in Anglican Ink, Church of England, Free Speech.
Tags: BBC World Service, Rowan Williams
The Archbishop of Canterbury has backed freedom of speech, up to a point. In a sermon delivered last week marking the 80th anniversary of the BBC World Service at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, London, Dr. Rowan Williams said free speech was one of the pillars of a free and democratic society, but this freedom could be curtailed when it was offensive and abusive.
Dr. Williams began his remarks in his 12 Dec 2012 address by noting a recent government backed press inquiry into press abuses of privacy – the Leveson Inquiry – had placed the issue of free speech before the British public. “We in the UK are in the middle of a lively argument about free speech and the regulation of the media. It’s easy to get bogged down in the pros and cons of press regulation and the exact degree of legal backing it needs. But we risk forgetting the all-important issue of why free speech really matters,” he said.
Read it all in Anglican Ink.