JK Rowling joins 150 public figures warning over free speech

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53330105

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Some 150 writers, academics and activists – including authors JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood – have signed an open letter denouncing the “restriction of debate”. They say they applaud a recent “needed reckoning” on racial justice, but argue it has fuelled stifling of open debate. The letter denounces “a vogue for public shaming and ostracism” and “a blinding moral certainty”. Several signatories have been attacked for comments that caused offence. That includes Harry Potter author JK Rowling who was fiercely criticised this month for comments about transgender people. A diverse cross-section of figures from across the globe put their names to the letter which was published on Tuesday in Harper’s Magazine.