Quilliam Director Maajid Nawaz was invited to debate the motion “This house would restrict the free speech of extremists” on 26th February 2009, organized by Oxford University’s Union.


Maajid supported the motion, alongside Indarjit Singh and Jon Benjamin whilst Don Foster, Dr Sean Gabb, Lembit Opik and Bill Ramell were against the motion.


Maajd argued that Freedom of Speech should not be unlimited, as there must be restrictions on incitement to violence. But where individuals and organizations foster hatred and separatism in society, these views must be challenged and debated, not proscribed.