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Free speech is fundamental to a democracy. But did the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists go too far? Should there be any limits on free speech?

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute will host a symposium Feb. 3 at the Missouri School of Journalism to discuss free-speech issues raised after last month's attack at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French magazine.

"Nous sommes tout Charlie" — We are all Charlie — will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium in Gannett Hall, 802 Elm Street, Columbia. Admission is free and open to the public.

"The Journalism School has a responsibility to teach our students and the profession about freedom of speech," says Daryl Moen, professor of journalism studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. "I wish every national journalism organization would hold similar public events on this topic."

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Sandra Davidson, press law expert and professor at Missouri School of Journalism and University of Missouri School of Law.
  • Kahlil Bendib, an Algerian-born Muslim and political cartoonist.
  • Aidan White, director of the Ethical Journalism Network, which promotes ethical conduct in media across the globe.
  • Gareth Harding, Missouri School of Journalism Brussels program director.

Additional participants include Missouri School of Journalism students and faculty who arrived in Paris on the day of the attack. They participated in a unity march and observed French television journalists cover the story.

"The right to publish and the decision to publish are at the intersection of law and ethics," says Moen. "That's why professors Davidson and Aiden White are involved. Khalil Bendib practices at the intersection of free speech and religion. He has a unique perspective."

Symposium schedule (subject to change)

4 p.m. Introduction by Professor Daryl Moen, Missouri School of Journalism.

4:05 p.m. Professor Sandy Davidson, Missouri School of Journalism and MU School of Law, “Echoes of Charlie Hebdo: Is inflammatory speech free?”

4:40 p.m. Khalil Bendib, an Algerian-born Muslim and political cartoonist, “Speaking Subservience to Power.”

5:15 p.m. Aidan White, director of the Ethical Journalism Network.

5:40 p.m. Missouri student Jack Herrick and Professor Marty Steffens, Missouri School of Journalism chair in business and financial journalism, who were in Paris during the shootings and Unity marches, will share their experiences.

6 p.m. Panel moderated by Gareth Harding, Missouri School of Journalism Brussels program director. Participants: Sandy Davidson, Khalil Bendib, Marty Steffens and Aidan White.

6:30 p.m. Conclusion.

Photo caption: Missouri School of Journalism students participate in a unity rally in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Amanda Gastler  
 
Event Coordinator

Sarah Strasburg  
 
Guest blogger



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