Out of the echo chamber This year's Battle of Ideas focuses on free speech, but looks at a myriad of different areas from Brexit and Trump through to coups in Brazil and Turkey and tensions in and with Eastern Europe. Join 400-plus speakers in London's Barbican for a debating festival of considerable breadth, which demands that its audiences challenge and be challenged! Watch the recordings!
Sticks and stones...? Satirists and populists both employ deliberately offensive phraseology to make their points, but, while the efforts of the one group are often extolled, those of the other come in for consistent criticism. What really differentiates the two approaches and should it be our duty to restrict speech considered likely to incite violence or is it more important to protect the principles of free speech from a culture of proscription? Watch the video highlights!
Fiction vs. journalism If folly and ignorance be the curse of mankind and all the world a stage, are plays or the press the best way to inform and and provide perspective? The Index on Censorship Big Debate at Leeds' Big Bookend Festival 2016 asks which medium has the most impact: fiction or journalism? Listen to the recording!
Consensus and other constraints Be it through hacking iPhones, gagging state media or enforcing politicised consensuses, lately, the actions of both governments and non-state actors have led to increasing concerns about the state of freedom of expression in Europe. Join Claire Fox, Miklos Haraszti and Agnieszka Holland for a discussion about free speech and censorship in Europe today. Watch the recording!
On freedom, defamation and agitation Project Forum look at free speech in Central Europe and the very different scenarios in Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. A discussion about the slow and legal process of bringing a country's media scene under state control and the free speech/hate speech dilemma in a time of right wing revival. Watch the video highlights!
The way forward This year's Lector in Fabula festival will look at the future of politics and feature a special series of debates organised in cooperation with Eurozine and set to be live streamed on Time to Talk. Visit the page to find out more about this year's festival, those special Eurozine debates and the live streams. Watch the recordings!
Too easily offended? At 2015's Big Bookend Festival, Index on Censorship looked at the relationship between free speech and religious freedom, asking how entwined the two are and whether there can be such a thing as too much sensitivity in civil societal relationships. Listen to the recording!
Liberties in literature and expression From the 4th-6th June, an array of European literature houses came together in London. In the course of their meeting Free Word opened their doors to members of the public for debates on the role of literature houses in sustaining freedom of expression and the changing dynamic of the relationship between authors and their readers. Listen to the recordings!
Freedom of speech Theoretically democratic institutions defend our right to free expression, yet there are an increasing amount of clausal restrictions on what we can say. How freely can we express ourselves nowadays, are the restrictions that are in place well founded and who should determine what we are allowed to say in public? Read more!