Lewis Willcocks talks to Dr Teresa M. Bejan, Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, about her recent book ‘Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration’ (Harvard University Press) and what early modern debates over religion can teach us about diversity and discourse in the twenty-first century.
Eric Heinze argues that it is contradictory to the principles of free speech to criticise the Israeli ambassador to Britain online and then no-platform him at a university talk.
Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Nigel Warburton, as part of the Philosophy in the Bookshop series at Blackwell’s, Oxford.
Avi Shlaim argues that when it comes to debates concerning Israel, free speech has become stifled in British academia.
Avi Shlaim explores the quality of debate within British politics of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and argues that an anti-racist movement has been portrayed as a racist one.
Udit Bhatia discusses a landmark ruling concerning the conduct of elections and its potential to stifle democratic debate.
Tony Koutsoumbos explores the lessons from his own experiences in building an environment of robust and strong public debate.
Eric Heinze argues that the radicals and liberal grounds for free speech are not mutually exclusive.
Nicholas McGeehan explores restrictions on free speech and protest in the Arab Gulf states and the foreign policy responsibilities of Western governments.
Paul Cliteur and Tom Herrenberg, editors of a book on The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law, consider the changing nature of censorship.
Free Speech Debate organised a panel discussion on the Rhodes Must Fall campaign and its future. In this video and its highlights, panelists debate the range of issues surrounding the campaign and its impact on free speech. Panelists include Dr David Johnson, Professor David Priestland, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh and Monica Richter.
Timothy Garton Ash introduces his BBC broadcasts and online version of the Free Speech Debate principles.
Evgeny Morozov highlights the dangers that can emerge when governments and corporations harness the internet to serve their own objectives.
Josh Cowls discusses the Oxford Internet Institute’s report on the complexities of balancing security and privacy online.
In these video highlights for Free Speech Debate, panelists debate whether “no-platforming” ought to have a place in modern universities. Student discussants included Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Barnaby Raine, Monica Richter, Damien Shannon, Chi Chi Shi, and Charles Vaughan.
Monica Richter argues that no-platforming is more about censoring unpalatable views than protecting marginalised groups.
Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh argues that no-platforming is an expressive act that can expand the field of debate, rather than the denial of free speech.
Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh argues that Oxford has shown itself to have no regard for black life in its decision not to remove the statue of Cecil Rhodes.
Monica Richter argues that the inward looking Rhodes Must Fall campaign detracts from greater issues of social justice.
In this interview, Ken Macdonald, formerly Britain’s Director of Public Prosecutions and now Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, talks about the importance of free speech and the introduction of “prevent” duties to universities. He also comments on the Rhodes Must Fall campaign.
Roger Scruton argues that self-censorship can be as much a threat to free speech as its government equivalent.