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Liberty, Freedom and Enfranchisement: Press Censorship and the Commonwealth

Censorship Series - Panel Discussion

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Thursday 24 May, 7.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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‘There is no fettering of authority.’
All’s Well That Ends Well, Act II, scene 3


Explore freedom of speech in the Commonwealth in this provocative panel discussion.


53 Heads of Government will gather in April in London at the Commonwealth summit under the auspices of HM The Queen. This panel discussion, organised in association with the Royal Commonwealth Society and the London Press Club, will explore issues of press censorship and freedom of speech from a Commonwealth perspective.

There will also be the opportunity to put your questions to the panel on the night #JoinTheDebate


Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
British journalist and author.

William Horsley
The International Director, Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), University of Sheffield, is an Executive Committee member of the CJA (Commonwealth Journalists Association) and was a BBC journalist and foreign correspondent for many years until 2007.

Akbar Khan
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Pia Zammit
An actor in and producer of the last play to be banned in Europe, Stitching, by UK author Anthony Nielsen. Also a founding member of an activist group #OccupyJustice.


Chair: Anne McElvoy 

Journalist for The Economist and the London Evening Standard, and a BBC broadcaster.

Further panellists to be confirmed.