Freedom of expression – a reminder of offence, shock and disturbance(?)

The legal basis, as expressed by The European Court of Human Rights (in Handysde v. UK , 1976):

Freedom of expression […] is applicable not only to “information” or “ideas” that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population. Such are the demands of that pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no “democratic society”.

A defence for this right to offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population, eloquently delivered by Rowan Atkinson in 2012:

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