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Can I ask you this: is it your position that the starting point, or perhaps the primary right is the right of free speech, however you wish to articulate it, Article 10 of the Convention, and therefore you need to find a justification or reason for curtailing or curbing that right, rather than the other way around, that the primary right may be the private rights of individuals and you need to find a reason or justification for departing from that right? Do you start from free speech, each of you, and then are look for an exception, or do you start from a different position? Can I ask you first, Mr Heawood?

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