In full: Rowan Atkinson on free speech

The forerunner of the Defend Free Speech campaign was called “Reform Section 5”. This speech by Rowan Atkinson at the launch event in Parliament in 2012 should be heard by every politician, journalist and campaigner before they start calling for laws to silence those they regard as ‘extremists’.


  1. I never push the button for "facebook" or "twitter", never been a part of it ,therefore appriciating a "hassle free life" and never offering up ammunition to any new adversaries in my life , at 65, I have learned to bury any old pasts that once haunted me,and to never generate "new ones"
    I have always used "free speech" in all my years, and strangly enough, never been arrested for it!!, please "love one and other"and live in peace,…T.J.

  2. Mr. Atkinson, if you ever decide to speak at American Universities (which would be a great thing in my book), I recommend wearing a 15th century suit of armor. Your words speak too much truth for the young minds at those schools (and their professors) to assimilate without their heads exploding with rage.

  3. Folks Rowan Atkinson and a lot of the comedians of his generation are university graduates so do not be surprised by his intelligence, I have always liked his comedy and admired his intellect.

  4. Awww, poor Rowan, how the sound in his clock has changed once they came on his turf.
    After years of pandering to the left, now he is against them? Did someone take him to court or something until he finally took the red pill?