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Tftd: Sacks 10/11/2017

this morning (friday 10th), 7.47-7.50am, on bbc radio 4
thought for the day, by former chief rabbi lord sacks

“Because truth emerges from disagreement and debate. Because tolerance means making space for difference. Because justice involves audi alteram partem, listening to the other side. And because, in Orwell‘s words, liberty means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

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Freedom of expression

yesterday afternoon (monday 13th), 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4
freedom of expression (in the beyond belief series) (presented by ernie rea)

Ernie Rea explores the relationship between religion and freedom of expression with • Ed Condon, a canon lawyer and a writer for the Catholic Herald; • Barry Kleinberg, a lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies and an Orthodox Jew; and • Khola Hassan, an Islamic scholar who sits on the Islamic Sharia Council for London.”

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Israel kills journalists?

this afternoon (sunday 11th), 1.00-1.30pm, on bbc radio 4
the world this weekend (presented by mark mardell) reports on the demonstrations in paris by inviting an obscure professor from new york to condemn freedom of expression in israel
includes interviews with …
• professor aaron kundei of the centre for terrorism studies at john jay college in new york (unlisted)

(0:24:38) Kundei: “What would be good is to see a genuine movement for freedom of expression, but if we were doing that we certainly wouldn’t be having Netanyahu attend, for example.”
“Why not?”
Kundei: “Well, the Israeli government has been responsible for killing multiple journalists over the last couple of years in Gaza, in this country we’re seeing through the war on terror quite a restriction on freedom of expression, we’ve actually put people in prison over the last couple of years, for the books they own, so what has happened here is that freedom of expression has become a kind of slogan and a kind of icon of western values but it’s not a genuine commitment to freedom of expression, it’s more about saying htis is something that we have, in the West and you don’t have, it’s the them and us mentality that is part of the problem here.”

(for israeli response, see http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2012/11/29/how-hamas-and-islamic-jihad-use-j…)
rene gerard, chief foreign correspondent of Le Figaro (more…)

Moral Maze: freedom of expression

this evening (wednesday 2nd), 8.00-8.45pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 10.15pm this saturday)
moral maze: freedom of expression

“In Germany an angst-ridden debate has started on the future of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
Copyright of the book has been held by the Bavarian state government which has blocked publication in Germany. In 2015 the copyright expires and ministers are now considering whether to ban it all together.

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