A three-day international festival of talks, debates, screenings
and events organised by the ICA and LM magazine in association
'I'm not in favour of censorship, but...'
Of course everyone supports free speech in principle, but in practice
it seems there is always an exception: privacy laws and the paparazzi;
Prodigy lyrics and pictures of Myra Hindley; smoking on the screen
and porn on the Net.
Are the calls for restraint and bans an understandable response
to a media free-for-all?
Or are the exceptions to free speech becoming the rule? Do words
and images have a power that needs to be regulated or is regulation
itself the real threat?
These are questions that require the fullest debate possible.
The ICA and LM have organised Free Speech Wars as a contribution
to such a debate.
Free Speech Wars will explore the boundaries of contemporary taboo
from the World Wide Web to the corner shop and ask: how far should
free speech go?
Claire Fox, Festival Director LM
Philip Dodd, Director ICA
Helene Guldberg, Festival Coordinator Informinc (LM) Ltd