Polis and The Huffington Post UK invite you to a debate at the LSE
The Right To Offend
What right is there under freedom of speech to cause offence? How can
we balance ideals of free expression with respect for other faiths and
The sometimes violent reaction to the American-made film about the Prophet
polarised opinion within and between different countries and communities.
Yet, are there other forces at work? Is this really a political, not
philosophical problem? Is the idea of a war of civilizations being used as
proxy for other disputes or is there genuinely a series of fault lines
We bring together David Aaronovitch, Times columnist and author of Voodoo
Histories with Mehdi Hasan,
Political Director of The Huffington Post UK and co-author of ED: The
Milibands and the Making of
a Labour Leader to debate what is at stake.
The chair will be Charlie Beckett,
Director of the LSE¹s Media think-tank Polis and Head of the Department of
Media and Communications.
Thursday October 11th starting at 6.30
U8 lecture theatre Ground Floor,
Tower 1, Clements Inn, London
School of Economics.
You can access Clements Inn Passage from
the Aldwych opposite Clement Danes¹ Church (next to the High Courts) or
Houghton Street. See this map for details [Tower 1 is in the bottom right)
When & Where
Polis is the LSE’s media think-tank, part of the Department of Media and Communications aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world. Polis is the place where journalists and the wider world can examine and discuss the media and its impact on society. Polis has a dual mission to:
- provide a forum for public debate and policy intervention on key issues of news journalism
- produce outstanding research on the impact of mediation and journalism in our societies