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Censoring the word

By Tom Chatfield  

Fresh from a thanksgiving vacation in the land of the free, I’ve returned to a country boiling—or, at least, tepidly heaving—with the kind of debate conducted on an almost daily basis in the US in the context of the First Amendment: the freedom of expression (see Caroline’s previous post on the Oxford Union/Nick Griffin/David Irving controversy). It’s an area in which we Brits, lacking a written constitution, seem to be at once less strident and more distrustful of general principles than our American cousins.

Equally on my mind, however, is the historical context of censorship, thanks largely to an arresting…

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