SOURCE: Ayn Rand Institute

Ayn Rand Institute

January 12, 2015 08:00 ET

Freedom of Speech or the Tyranny of Silence?

Fleming Rose, Editor of Danish Newspaper That Published Mohammad Cartoons, to Speak on Panel About New Book

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - January 12, 2015) - The murder of journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the threats to Sony Pictures over "The Interview" are only the latest in a long line of efforts by terrorist groups and dictatorial regimes to silence critics. After the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the prophet Mohammad in 2005, there were deadly riots and a global uproar.

On January 21, 2015, Flemming Rose, the editor who published those cartoons and the author of The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited A Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech, will speak on a panel about this all important topic.

Joining him will be Dr. Onkar Ghate, a Senior Fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, and Harvey Silverglate, chairman of the board of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education and a lawyer affiliated with the ACLU for many years. The discussion will explore the nature and importance of freedom of speech and current threats to it from all sides of the political spectrum. Does free speech include the right to offend? Are there such things as "hate speech" and "Islamaphobia"? Are "trigger warnings" compatible with free speech? Why does it seem today that many people prefer freedom from speech over freedom of speech?

Please join us for a rousing discussion of this important and timely topic.

Event Details:

January 21, 2015
6:30 to 8:00 pm 

Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Admission is free

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Produced by the Ayn Rand Institute and Ford Hall Forum as a Partners In Public Dialogue Program at the Old South Meeting House. 

The Ayn Rand Institute promotes the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. For more information, go to ARI's website.

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    Ayn Rand Institute 
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