The Index on Censorship Magazine Big Debate:The New Civility: Are Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech Intertwined? Wednesday 10th June, Waterstones, Leeds

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10/06/2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Does freedom of religion and freedom of speech come as a package or can you pick and choose? Do those people who suggest freedom of expression should be civilised and that we should be wary of causing offence to people’s religious sensibilities have a point? Or is the world full of offended people and any idea of holding back ends up with us not being able to talk about important issues?

Our panellists are Rachael Jolley, editor of the Index on Censorship magazine; Anthony Clavane, journalist, author of Promised Land and playwright; Chris Bond, journalist with the Yorkshire Post; Chief Imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE of Leeds Makkah Masjid.

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Rachael Jolley

Rachael Jolley

Rachael Jolley is the Editor of the Index on Censorship magazine. Having started as a news reporter on a local newspaper, she moved on to writing for magazines, newspapers and websites in the UK including The Times, the Financial Times and The Guardian. She has been editorial director at think tank British Future, managing editor for monthly magazine Business Traveller, and editor of Business Traveller Middle East, and written on politics, business, personal finance and money.




Anthony Clavane

Anthony Clavane

Anthony Clavane is the author of Promised Land, described as “glorious” by the Guardian and, in 2011, named both Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year. His latest book, Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?, about Jewish involvement in football, was shortlisted for the 2013 Football Book of the Year. He writes for the Sunday Mirror and contributes to the Index on Censorship. He has had two plays performed in Leeds: Promised Land and Playing The Joker, the latter at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.



Chris Bond

Chris Bond

Chris Bond is Deputy Features Editor of the Yorkshire Post. He has been working at the newspaper for the past 14 years and for the last decade has been a feature writer. He is the author of Ashley Jackson’s biography An Artist’s Life published in 2010. Over the years he has interviewed the likes of Alan Bennett, Michael Palin, Sean Bean and John Hurt.




Chief Imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE

Imam Qari Muhammad Asim MBE

Qari Muhammad Asim, MBE, is senior Imam at Leeds Makkah Masjid.  He is also a senior lawyer in  global law firm, DLA Piper, specialising in Real Estate. He is a visiting fellow at Leeds Becketts University and has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University. Qari has authored, or contributed to, a number of books, including Internet & Society, Our Children: Our Future, Islam & Health and What Islam Says About Terrorism, Identity and Citizenship.





The Revd Dr Stephen Sorby is no longer able to take part in the panel debate.



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