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Media, faith and security

Protecting Freedom of Expression in Religious Context

ESRC.jpgThe following new research, drawn from around the University, was presented to media, policymakers, lawmakers, members of faith groups and of law enforcement at the Roundtable held at the House of Lords on January 28, 2016.


PART 1. The Domestic Scenario: Tensions between media, faith, and community security

Julian Hargreaves, Centre of Islamic Studies: ‘Risk and Resilience in British Muslim Communities’ 

Christopher Moses, Faculty of Divinity: ‘Negotiating with journalists: Islamic institutions and media scrutiny’

Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, POLIS: ‘ “Your news is not the same as my news”: Layered media, isolated diasporas.


PART 2. Mediating faith and community: Freedom of expression local and global

Dr.  Clara Eroukhmanoff, Project Associate, CIRMENA:  ‘Counter-radicalisation and its impact on freedom of expression: the U.S. case'

Michael Clark, POLIS: ‘Charlie Hebdo and the Arab Shia: Instrumental rhetoric and freedom of expression’

Dr. Shana Cohen, Woolf Institute, Department of Sociology: ‘Covering Cooperation: Acknowledging the Good Stories about Interfaith Relations’

Baroness Butler-Sloss,  ‘Reporting and Representation’, from Living with Difference: Community, diversity and the Common Good, Report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Life, Butler-Sloss Report, Woolf Institute

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This project is designed to open up debate on a difficult subject: A debate about freedom of expression and freedom of belief and how to balance freedoms with protections, rights with limits?

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