Knowledge@SMU

Authors

Knowledge@SMU

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2009

Abstract

It has been two years since Thio Li-ann delivered the parliamentary speech that would thrust her into the epicentre of a nationwide debate. Her arguments for the continued criminalisation of homosexual acts in Singapore earned her both praises and death threats. And it was perhaps this incident that first led her to scrutinise, more deeply than before, the notion of free speech in society. "Equality is a fundamental tenet that we all have, as citizens of a democracy. But what happens if you have a bigger amplifier or a louder voice than I do? Can speech kill speech?" she asked the crowd of SMU students who had gathered to hear her speak about sustainable democracy, the right of free speech, and of course, the "destructive" side to secularism. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Disciplines

Law

Copyright Owner and Holder

Copyright © Singapore Management University 2012

Article ID

1251

Subject(s)

Law and Public Policy

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Law Commons

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