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Kevin Myers: 'There is little freedom of speech on subject of Israel'

Kevin Myers

Published 15/06/2010 | 05:00

It wasn't good enough that Helen Thomas's career ended in humiliation, isolation and obloquy. No, what was really needed was a good lynching

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Freedom of speech is freedom of speech. Any freedom of speech that is contingent upon who is speaking is not a freedom but merely the statutory and limited privilege of princes. And any freedom of speech that depends upon its content is not a freedom, but merely a road sign marking where liberties end and censoriousness begins.

The fate of the veteran Washington correspondent Helen Thomas is a sobering reminder that upon the subject of Israel, there is very limited freedom of speech in the US.

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