Join us for a series of conversations addressing the big issues of today with high profile panellists from journalism, public life and think tanks. The panellists are not the celebrities of politics or government but rather commentators and social and political observers – individuals on the “inside”, who influence our news, views and understanding of the world around us. The purpose is to encourage us all to think about our future and how we can shape it at a time when society is fragmented.
Technology enables us to communicate in more ways and more often than ever but misunderstandings and disagreements are still rife. In the age of fake news and hate speech,how should we talk to each other?
The first conversation in The Salisbury Conversations 2019 : Crossing Divides series is facilitated by Dan O’Brien BBC Wiltshire and The Sunday Politics Show’s Senior Political Reporter. The discussion focuses on hate speech and the polarised nature of public debate today.
Panellist Nazir Afzal OBE, former chief crown prosecutor for north-west England, is a champion of free speech and social media, as long as there is regulation :
“Free speech is essential as far as democracy is concerned, however free speech requires regulation, legitimate restriction, it requires law, and with every freedom there are responsibilities – so what we have to do is ensure that people are able to make great use of social media which is clearly a force for good but recognise there are people being harmed by things that are written or said. It is a balance between your rights and your responsibilities.”
Appearing with Nazir Afzal are social and political researcher Sophia Gaston , Deputy Director of the Henry Jackson Society and Director of the Centre for Social and Political Risk, Jim Waterson, formerly political editor of BuzzFeed UK and now Media Editor of the Guardian, and The Very Reverend, Nicholas Papadopulos, Dean of Salisbury Cathedral, who initiated this discussion.
The Salisbury Conversations 2019 : Crossing Divides will each be recorded in front of an audience and broadcast the following evening on BBC Wiltshire and BBC Sounds at 19:00.
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