A clear and concise definition of free speech remains seemingly elusive, especially in today’s chaotic political climate and constant stream of alarming headlines.

In an honest and insightful conversation, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, author of In Defence of Political Correctness, and politician Shashi Tharoor, who introduced the Freedom of Literature Bill in India, discuss possible parameters and borders to free speech, resistance to various forms of censorship, and which subjects remain open or closed within the fast-paced landscape of digital journalism and the 24-hour news cycle.

Join us as our panelists examine the range of differences between free speech and hate speech, as well as what platforms, privileges, and freedoms are readily available to which voices.

About The Speakers

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a journalist, broadcaster and author. This year she was named columnist of the year at the National Press Awards. She has written over a dozen books, including The Settler’s Cookbook and Exotic England. She is Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University.

Shashi Tharoor

Dr Shashi Tharoor is an award-winning author of 18 books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Great Indian NovelPax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India, Why I Am A Hindu and the recently published The Paradoxical Prime Minister.