Gender, free speech, censorship

Under the larger issue of Freedom of expression

Censorship measures are frequently justified by concerns to safeguard morality or protect women. Such targeted measures to protect women may at times be required. After all, it is true that, while the Internet provides women with important new opportunities to express themselves, the medium also poses them with considerable challenges as old forms of harassment materialise in new shapes online. But where such measures end up restricting women's free speech in ways beyond the strictly necessary and legitimate, they only become counterproductive. Ultimately, it is precisely in its potential to give women - as all of us - voice that one of the great strengths of the Internet lies. And so the question arises: do existing measures actually support women in confronting the considerable challenges they face?

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