Freedom of speech on campus | Regional accents | Chinese oratory | The name game

What a thought-provoking article from Gaby Hinsliff (If millennials are wary of free speech, who can blame them?, 20 October). Defending the right to free speech has never been about hurling abuse or inciting violence. It’s about keeping debate and discussion open. Trolls, on the contrary, aim to frighten people into silence and close down freedom of expression. Controlling this online is hard, but is no excuse for giving in to it on campus. She is right to call for help for universities, not fines, in maintaining this precious basis of democracy.
Bridget Elton
London

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