WORLDwrite, our Citizen TV channel WORLDbytes & spiked’s Free Speech Now! campaign, are hosting a sponsored Free Speech Read-a-thon to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Battle of Ideas and its commitment to the ideal of ‘Free speech allowed!’ The Battle of Ideas festival, supported by a wide range of partners, involves two days of high-level, thought-provoking and free thinking public debate. On Sunday 19th October, from 11am until 3pm at the Barbican, international speakers and guests will read aloud for 10 minutes each from texts which highlight the need for freedom of thought and speech.
In light of recent events, debate-choking defamation statutes and a host of methods to regulate the internet and press, it has never felt more necessary to put the case for the right of people to think for themselves and express themselves in public life, regardless of their viewpoint, without interference from officials, jobsworths or the moral majority. We believe free speech is far too important to be curtailed by legislators or any intolerant networks. But to raise the banner for free speech, we need your help to raise funds. Your sponsorship of the Read-a-thon will enable the charity to provide free media training for young people, assisting them to produce Citizen TV programmes which make the case for unfettered free speech.
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