Free speech includes responsibilities

Your views on freedom of speech seem to take us back to the stone age (Free speech includes the right to offend, January 9). In a civilised world, freedom and responsibility march shoulder to shoulder.

If you want free speech with the right to offend whoever you choose, then you have to accept others right to defend their honour. I do not say their right to avenge themselves as was so horrendously done in Paris. But I do assert that freedom of speech also encompasses respect for the other.

Without that we are back to the law of the jungle.

PETER WOOD

Avalon

The Dominion Post