Larry Flynt | Free Speech Activist

"If you're not going to offend somebody, you don't need the First Amendment."

- Larry Flynt

Larry Flynt

From The Hollywood Reporter

Charlie Hebdo, Media Cowards, and Free Speech


Larry Flynt wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter admonishing major media outlets for failing to publish the cartoons at the center of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris earlier this month. In the column, Flynt called out American media conglomerates for not publishing the offensive cartoons at the center of the tragedy, failing in their duties of informing the public and promoting the protection of even unpopular speech:

If you’re not going to offend anyone, you don’t need protection of the First Amendment. I wonder what the Founding Fathers would have to say to The New York Times and the major networks who have shied away from their ultimate responsibility to inform the public. I don’t understand why the press should be a party to selling out one of the most important freedoms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

You can read the entire column here.

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