SOAS University of London

SOAS statement on comments made on twitter by Dr Paul Stott

24 December 2019

Comments made on twitter by the tutor Dr Paul Stott are personal comments and do not in any way represent the views of SOAS.

These comments certainly do not accord with the values of SOAS as an institution. We agree with the criticism that has been expressed that these comments are ill-informed and extremely offensive. We fully understand why SOAS staff and students, and the wider community, are deeply concerned about statements such as this being made.

Freedom of speech is a principle we strongly uphold, even if it means we must tolerate speech we find unpleasant, offensive and repugnant.

Nevertheless, freedom of speech must take place within the law - and that freedom does not protect speech which is otherwise illegal. We will be looking carefully at how these public comments sit within that framework.

SOAS is currently closed for the Xmas period, but we will take this matter up in detail when the school re-opens on 2 January.

Steve Hopgood,
Deputy Director