In The UK: Public Summit On Free Speech

UK community and arts leaders are brokering a public summit to talk about free speech issues after a play was shut down in Birmingham. “Two official bodies – the Commission for Racial Equality and Arts Council England, will jointly broker the discussions, which aim to quell future clashes between religious believers and artists. The debate over the drama – which depicts rape and murder in a Sikh temple – has provoked warnings that “mob rule” will intimidate artists into self-censorship, while religious groups have warned that freedom of speech is being abused as a licence for gratuitous offence.”