Sunday 17 December 2017

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

Kevin Myers

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

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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