Past event


Social Media, Free Speech and the Law

13:00 to 14:00

Chatham House, London

Event documents

Transcript - Keir Starmer QC
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Transcript Q&A - Keir Starmer QC
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Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, UK
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House 


Access to social media is ubiquitous and instantaneous, and communications intended for a few may reach millions. Against this backdrop the speaker will argue that the right to free speech must be balanced with the need to prosecute serious wrongdoing. 

He will discuss how the UK Crown Prosecution Service is approaching this task, when many of the laws protecting it were written at and for a time before much of the technology existed.