Christopher Hitchens: The Tyranny of Censorship

Here is a great speech by essayist and journalist Christopher Hitchens. I came across it while researching Western attitudes toward free speech, specifically in the case of prosecuting individuals for professing certain beliefs. Essayist and author Christopher Hitchens Throughout his remarks, which follow the theme of questioning orthodoxy and protecting every element of free thought, Hitichens comments on several cases which I’ve become very familiar with over the years. He references the case of David Irving, a British WWII historian who was sentenced to prison in Vienna, Austria in 2006 for “trivialising, grossly playing down and denying the Holocaust.” The arrest provoked little outrage […]