Freedom of speech

9th March 2023

Mary Beard speaks more sense on this issue than most. Whilst it is appropriate to contractually restrict those that work for an organisation from making any comment that directly undermines that organisation’s reputation, any attempt to restrict the expression of genuinely held personal views must be approached with extreme caution.

The dangers of giving more power to employers to govern the expression of opinion of employers is self-evident in the Fox US defamation case. And when it involves a major broadcaster, it gives credibility to fake news which damages us all.

Gary Lineker says he does not fear BBC suspension over asylum policy tweet – BBC News