Historically, individuals and groups, from artists to academics, religious minorities to civil rights activists, have benefited from freedom of speech and tolerance of different beliefs and opinions. Unfortunately, today, whether on the university campus or in the digital arena, free speech is more likely to be considered a potential problem than something to aspire to.
So, what are the main barriers to open expression and the free exchange of ideas? What can a new generation do to champion and even reimagine the case for free speech? How do we ensure freedom of speech is at the heart of the public square? Do we need to create new spaces to think and speak freely and be exposed to a wide range of ideas?
The launch event of the new and exciting Free Speech Champions project brings together young people, students, academics, writers and public intellectuals to discuss, and hopefully begin, to provide some answers to these fundamental questions.
About Free Speech Champions (http://freespeechchampions.com/)
The Free Speech Champions Project is an exciting new initiative to encourage free speech, particularly among the younger generation. We are inspired by the heroes of past free speech struggles, but our mission is to make the case for free speech in ways that can convince people today.
The Free Speech Champions project is partnered with the Battle of Ideas charity and the Free Speech Union.
Dr Arif Ahmed
Inaya Folarin Iman