'Freedom of speech' shouldn't be used as an excuse to lambast and publicly humiliate people one doesn't particularly like. Saying and writing things with authority doesn't always mean that they are true.
This was highlighted yesterday when ChessBase posted a typical effort by Edward Winter (http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5578). Winter is, of course, a fine chess historian but in my opinion his habit of attacking well respected chess personalities lets him down. It's usually the same old stuff recycled time and again.
Naturally, this sort of thing is rife on the Internet (where having to speak face to face isn't a deterrent) but some people are slow to realise that the laws of slander and libel must still be taken into consideration.
Carrying the can for verbal assaults is a dangerous and tricky business. It was interesting to see that yesterday's Winter post was censored a short time after being put on the ChessBase site, with a particularly biting set of comments against a World Champion being hastily deleted.
I still find the post childish and unworthy. ChessBase is one of the finest sites on the Internet and should be above hosting and disseminating second hand hatred and prejudice.