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Dec. 8, 2022

Say what?

Say what?

To what extent can we say what we want online, and what's the role of the online media giants in patrolling our opinions, however horrible our ideas might be?

Freedom of expression is supposed to be one of the most fundamental human rights, but don’t there have to be SOME limits? Especially on social media where unmediated, violent, threatening words or damaging lies can and do create real-world harm? Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has thrust all this into a big debate about what is censorship and who should be the censor. Rita Mota, Professor of Society, Politics and Sustainability at ESADE University Barcelona, tells Phil and Roger why she has co-authored an article claiming free-speech absolutism threatens human rights.

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Rita Mota

Assistant Professor, Department of Society, Politics and Sustainability, ESADE

Rita Mota is acknowledged for her work on businesess ethics and human rights. In fact it was the focus of her PhD thesis at King’s College London. Her research focuses on corporate moral responsibility, organizational purpose and legitimacy, business and human rights, role morality, and the ethics of corporate communications.

In her free time, Rita works with the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), a non-profit organisation made up of lawyers and investigative journalists, which aims to use law innovatively to promote human rights. Her main current project in this area is a climate change legal action.