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Paul Spoonley: Survey results suggests people think there is too much free speech - The Mike Hosking Breakfast

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Is too much freedom of speech a bad thing?
For some countries, apparently yes.
A Danish think tank has conducted a 50 thousand person, 33 country survey into the idea of free speech.
It found that, while the Western world generally agrees it's a universal good, there were a number of countries where citizens think there is too much liberty to give offence.
This was most prevalent in places like Kenya and Nigeria where they have conflict around religion and sects, with 82% of respondents from Kenya saying the government should be able to prevent people from saying something to offend minorities.
But some other countries without those major issues also registered as having too much freedom of speech by their own citizens such as Germany, France, Australia, Argentina and Britain.
A man who has spent decades researching aspects of free speech is Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley who told Mike Hosking the pandemic may have affected some Western attitudes to free speech.
“Covid-19 has caused a little bit of concern about free speech… it looks to be that there’s concerns about misinformation, that people are opposed to vaccines and so on.”
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