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The Big Question: How Free Is Speech?

The Big Question: How Free Is Speech?


On Friday 13th February, the Islamic Education & Research Academy (iERA) in partnership with advocacy group CAGE will be hosting an event entitled, ‘The Big Question: How Free is Speech?’

This event is part of the ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ campaign which aims to create a platform for people of all faiths and no faith to engage in positive and compassionate dialogue, without resorting to insults as a starting point of communication.

iERA launched the ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ campaign last month in response to the unfortunate incident that took place in Paris where 12 people were killed. We believe it was imperative to have a nuanced discussion around the concept of freedom of speech in light of the attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

This Friday we will be joined by prominent journalists, academics and thinkers to discuss the topics of freedom of speech, satirising religion, limits of the press and other related themes.

The event will be chaired by veteran journalist Yvonne Ridley, who is no stranger to delving into controversial and topical subjects.

Mrs Ridley will be joined for the evening by:

– Abdullah Al Andalusi – Muslim Debate Initiative
– Moazzam Begg – Director of Outreach for CAGE
– Dan Hodges – Blogger and Columnist for The Telegraph
– Professor Peter Cave – Chair of the Humanist Philosophers
– Hamza Tzortzis – Head of Education and Research for iERA
– Andre Walker – Political Correspondent for Breitbart London

iERA believe that in order to achieve social progression, tolerance and community cohesion, it is pivotal that different groups within our society are able to discuss their differences without abusing or transgressing the boundaries of free speech, which will inevitably lead to animosity.

Friday 13th February 2015
Blizard Building, Queen Mary University of London
Doors open 19:30, event starts 20:00

Student Admission – £10.00
General Admission – £15.00
On The Door Admission – £20.00

Journalists/Media –  For your complimentary tickets, please email [email protected]

For more information on the ‘Don’t Hate, Debate!’ campaign or ‘The Big Question: How Free is Speech?’ event, please contact iERA on:

iERA Media and Press Office
Suite 321 Crown House Business Centre
North Circular Road London
NW10 7PN
Email: [email protected]