Monday 4th October 17.45 – 18.45
Some say free speech has taken a hammering in recent years. Online, on university campuses, and in advertising, the voices of censorship seem to grow ever louder. But does this reflect the reality? And how can free speech advocates defend the rights to speak, offend, and oppose, from those who set out to silence criticism, dissent, and offense?
John O’Connell (Chair) | is Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance
Alex Deane | is Senior Managing Director and Head of UK Public Affairs at FTI Consulting, and the former Director of the campaigning organisation Big Brother Watch
Andrew Doyle | is a comedian, playwright, political satirist, and journalist who hosts the weekly Free Speech Nation show on GB News
Mark Glendening | is Head of Cultural Affairs at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Before joining the IEA, Mark worked for Policy Exchange focusing on freedom of speech related issues and the political implications of human rights law
Julia Hartley-Brewer | is a broadcaster and newspaper columnist who presents a weekday morning radio show on the talkRADIO station. Julia is also a regular panellist on BBC One’s Question Time and appears as a pundit on Sky News and the BBC News Channel.