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Ayn Rand Institute

January 14, 2015 15:54 ET

Media Advisory: Freedom of Speech or the Tyranny of Silence?

Flemming Rose, Editor of Danish Newspaper That Published Mohammad Cartoons, to Speak on Panel About Free Speech at Rutgers University

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - January 14, 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 22, 2015, Flemming Rose, the editor who published those cartoons and author of The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech, will speak on a panel at Rutgers University about the all-important topic of defending freedom of speech.

Joining him will be Onkar Ghate, a senior fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute, and Robert Shibley, senior vice president at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Gregory Salmieri, philosophy fellow at the Anthem Foundation and teacher at Rutgers University and at Stevens Institute of Technology, will be the moderator.

The discussion will explore the nature and importance of freedom of speech and the 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.


January 22, 2015
7:00 pm 


Rutgers University, LSC Livingston Hall B
84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to:

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The Ayn Rand Institute and the Objectivist Club of Rutgers University are the proud sponsors of this event.

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