ARE YOU CHARLIE? Racism, Religion, Freedom of Speech & Civil Liberties

ARE YOU CHARLIE?
Racism, Religion, Freedom of Speech & Civil Liberties
Fri 23 Jan, 7pm
The Drum
144 Potters Lane, Aston
Birmingham B6 4UU

On January 7 2015 the killings of journalists and two police officers in Paris at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the subsequent killings at the Jewish super market and of the three killers by the police have put the issue of faith and free speech firmly back into the public arena. This chain of events gave rise to the ‘Je suis Charlie’ campaign on social media and public marches in Paris and other European Cities drawing millions onto the streets in defence of freedom of expression. At the same time many have argued that offending deeply held religious beliefs is unacceptable and pointed out the double standards around the hallowed principle of free speech. In light of these recent events The New Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies @ The Drum is hosting a special pubic debate on the Je suis Charlie campaign and freedom of expression through asking ‘Are you Charlie?’

The debate will examine whether there is such a thing as free speech, do people have the right to offend or are there limits to acceptable discourse? And whether the Je suis Charlie campaign glosses over the problems of Islamophobia, racism and inequality in Europe in its defence of free speech?

Attendance is free and you do not have to pre-book.

Come on down and join the debate.

Panel Members:

RAJWINDER PAL
South Asian Alliance (SAA)

DR JOHN NARAYAN
New Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (NCCS)

MALIA BOUATTIA
NUS Black Students Officer (NUS)

Dr. KEHINDE ANDREWS
Chair (NCCS)

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