A protester wears a glove over his mouth during a demonstration demanding freedom of speech and the press in Hong Kong in 2014. Photo: Reuters

Why the right to free speech is often a question of self-control

Alice Wu says freedom of speech is a rightly extolled privilege, but to revel in it with scant regard to common sense, civility and the tolerance of dissent amounts to its abuse

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A protester wears a glove over his mouth during a demonstration demanding freedom of speech and the press in Hong Kong in 2014. Photo: Reuters
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