Free Speech: A Global Debate

Free Speech: A Global Debate

An Internet video insulting the Prophet Muhammad sparked riots, but also an international debate about the limits of freedom of speech.

An Internet video insulting the Prophet Muhammad sparked riots, but also an international debate about the limits of freedom of speech. Some in more conservative countries see Western laws as dangerously broad, while others see hypocrisy, given that cross burning can be considered "hate speech" in the United States and denying the Holocaust is a crime in Germany. As the U.N. debates a call for anti-blasphemy laws, we explore freedom of speech around the world.

Guests

John Esposito

Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding: History and International Affairs at Georgetown University; Author, "The Future of Islam" and "Islamophobia and the Challenge of Pluralism.”

Kevin Bankston

Senior Counsel and Director of the Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology

David Law

Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis; Visiting Professor, Georgetown Law

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