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Literary Festival 2012: Censorship in an Age of Freedom


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Speaker(s): Charlie Beckett, Heather Brooke, Nick Cohen

Recorded on 29 February 2012 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

We will be talking about the paradox that we live in an age when the Internet should make information more available than ever and yet secrecy still abounds. New media should facilitate We will be talking about the paradox that we live in an age when the Internet should make information more available than ever and yet secrecy still abounds. New media should facilitate better democratic debate than ever before, and yet, some fear that open, honest discussion is being drowned out.

Charlie Beckett is director of POLIS and author of Wikileaks: News in the Networked Era.

Heather Brooke, is an investigative journalist and freedom of expression campaigner and author of The Revolution Will Be Digitised. She was a leading force in the revelations of the MPs' expenses scandal and has battled to improve access to official information from governments, local authorities and other powerful institutions.

Nick Cohen, is a journalist and author of You Can't Read This Book: Censorship in an Age of Freedom. Nick has used his columns in the Observer and elsewhere to rage against what he sees as the betrayal of real liberal values by the Left in Britain in the face of corporate and political pressure, but also ideological challenges from illiberal forces such as religious fundamentalism.

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