“Freedom of expression is what distinguishes a democratic country from a dictatorship. In a healthy democracy there is freedom of speech. But the reverse is also true: freedom of speech is a prerequisite for that same democracy”, today said Bob De Brabandere (Belgium, EC/DA) opening a Current Affairs Debate: on ‘Freedom of expression (Article 10 of the ECHR) under threat by "Big Tech" Companies’.
“Social media platforms have become a part of the public forum and it is therefore ultimately up to lawmakers and Courts of law to determine what is a violation of the freedom of speech and what is not”, he added.
Nineteen speakers took the floor during the debate.