The Hague debate on freedom of speech

The Hague University of Applied Sciences. January 20. Class ESe4-I. A group of enthusiastic European Studies students discussed the use of media and its influence in and on politics, business and culture around IDEA’s Debate Tree. Naturally, the events surrounding Charlie Hebdo had a great influence on the discussion, which is why the group settled on the motion: “Freedom of expression breaks the law.”The young people presented their opinions in short statements on the debate tree and explained their statements to the rest of the group. They then debated the issue in more detail in an active debate, responding to each other and the audience. The participants were enthusiastic about the debate, and while they did not find agreement on the motion, they were able to get a better picture of the diversity of opinions surrounding the issue. The return of the debate tree therefore had a positive effect on freedom of speech and debate.