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?

These are the kind of questions we’ll be discussing at our next meeting when an eminent panel of opinion-makers will ask whether journalists and others should have a right to offend. Do join us – and bring your most provocative points of view.

Film Guild Room
88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
0131 228 6382

You get to the Film Guild room via the corridor to the left of the bar/restaurant. Be aware there may be films showing, so please keep conversation to a minimum until you’re in the room.

And a reminder that a few places are still available for our Google News labs and training day in November. Similar NUJ events elsewhere in the country have been getting great feedback – and, other than the refundable deposit, it’s absolutely free, including lunch. Bargain!

Tuesday 8 November 2016
10am–2pm, including lunch (doors open from 9:30am)
Double Tree Hilton, 34 Bread Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AF

Sign up now at https://www.nuj.org.uk/events/google-news-labs-training-edinburgh/

Places limited. £10 deposit required – fully refundable for attendees

Google News Lab
I look forward to seeing you there.

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