On Free Speech: China, India and the art of ‘Zuckering’

The second episode of FSD’s monthly podcast looks at free speech in India, internet censorship in China and Facebook’s attitude towards privacy.

In the second instalment of On Free Speech, hosts Katie Engelhart and Brian Pellot chat to Faisal Devji, a rising star in modern South Asian history, about free speech in India and author Salman Rushdie’s decision to pull out of the Jaipur Literature Festival following alleged threats of violence. The incident, says Devji, was a “tempest in a teapot” and ultimately, not connected to free speech. Team member Amy Qin, an MPhil candidate in politics, explains how internet censorship in China works. “Its really a complex thing the Great Firewall but it’s not so much a wall as an onion,” says Qin. And of course, we have snippets from our Facebook event with Lord (Richard) Allan, the organisation’s head of public policy in Europe, as well as from interviews with Tim Wu, author of the Master Switch, on internet giants such as Twitter, and Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, on the broadcaster’s decision to air the controversial Jerry Springer: The Opera.

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Mark Zuckerberg (left) and Salman Rushdie (right, photos by Guillaume Paumier and David Shankbone respectively under a Creative Commons Attribution licence).

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  1. I have recently visited and studied in China for six weeks and I believe the “Great Firewall” is repressive. Saying this, while living in China I found that Chinese people just use other, more creative ways to express themselves. This being through art, other forms of social media, code language on twitter and their version of Facebook. There are always ways to get around, it’s just a hassle.

  2. I’m a Chinese.My opinion is that we need Facebook.

    • Hi leanf. Thanks for your comment. Can you tell us why you think China needs Facebook? Thanks.

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