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S-R columnist: Why defend an anonymous troll's right to insult?

S-R columnist Shawn Vestal has a provocative column today entitled, "Why defend an anonymous troll's right to insult?" in which he takes on the free-speech arguments in the current case involving an anonymous Huckleberries Online commenter whom the Spokesman-Review is being ordered by a court to identify. "A judge has ordered this newspaper to turn over information about a person who made a potentially libelous comment under an assumed name on the website," writes Vestal. "This, of course, will have a chilling effect on free speech. A chilling effect is what we in the free-speech business always warn about. We do not want to chill speech; we want it hot and loose. This speech, though? This anonymous lobbing of insults? Chill it. Give it frostbite, even." You can read his full column here.

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