17 October freedom of expression and the right to offend!

What are the limits of free speech? How much protection should we give those who are offended by another’s views? Now the public sphere has extended beyond the civility of the letters page and into the Wild West of social media, has the nature of civic discourse changed – and should we do something about it? Is it acceptable for people to be hounded off Twitter? Are all opinions good? Continue reading

Review: Before the Hudson and the Liffey

Branch member Richard Purden praises a compelling and vibrant tribute to James Connolly and his journey from the Cowgate to becoming one of the key figures in the Easter Rising.

Before the Hudson and the Liffey cast in the Dunard Library credit Mihaela Bodlovic

Cast and production team of Before the Hudson and the Liffey. Picture: Mihaela Bodlovic

James Connolly remains a contentious figure for many. In the broad sweep there are an abundance of assumptions and myths around the Irish Republican leader that give his legacy a cultish, underground flavour. In a recent essay his great-nephew, the late Ian Bell, suggested that when it came to what you knew of James Connolly, even among his family, he was “famous, chiefly for getting himself killed”. This is a common experience in Scotland. Continue reading

16 May Women in power – women in the media

At this month’s meeting we’ll be focusing on the voice of women in journalism and in society at large. We’ll be taking into account the intake of the new Scottish parliament, looking at how cuts are having a disproportionate effect on women and considering ways to achieve a better gender balance in public and professional life.

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Life member Gordon Smith

Journalist Gordon Smith receiving his life membership from the National Union of Journalists at a meeting of Edinburgh Freelance Branch on Monday 25 April.  Gordon was the branch’s very first treasurer in 1964 and is still writing today.

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25Apr16: FREE FOR PR USE: Journalist Gordon Smith receiving his life membership from the National Union of Journalists at a meeting of Edinburgh Freelance Branch Pic by Nick McGowan-Lowe (07774 438935) ----------------------- Licence: This image is licensed for internal and PR use by the original client, and for PR use by editorial third parties, when used in conjunction with the original press release for a period of five years starting on 25Apr16. Contact photographer in advance to agree a fee for other uses. ---------------------- (C) Nick McGowan-Lowe 2016. Unit 114 Stirling Enterprise Park, John Player Building, Stirling, Scotland, FK7 7RP. T: 01786 474448; F: 01786 474285; M: 07774 438935; VAT: 724 1334 66. E: nick@nml.uk.com W: www.nml.uk.com ---------------------- Picture ref: 20160425
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