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Fighting for Free Speech in Turkey

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By Paula Grabosch Journalism is not a crime. With these words emblazoned across their banners, protesters drove through Berlin and other German cities last week in solidarity with Deniz Yücel. The #FreeDeniz movement was brought to life after the German-Turkish journalist was taken into police custody in Istanbul last Monday.   On the 14th February, the 43-year-old correspondent for German newspaper Die Welt was arrested and has now, two weeks…

America First, Democracy Second?

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By Zikai Chua “Enemies of the people” was the phrase US President Donald Trump used to describe media outlets which publish what he labels “fake news”. The 45th President of the United States has faced intense scrutiny, often accompanied by harsh criticisms, of his each and every move during his short stint as President of the United States, and rightly so. In hindsight, perhaps the exclusion of news agencies (including…

Behind the Free Speech Debate

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by Frank Morley, So, I decided to cave in to the trend and write about the free speech debacle. I had decided initially not to write anything about it because it was such a saturated topic within The Beaver and on campus, but after following the issue closely and going to the UGM on Thursday, I find myself compelled to do so. Firstly, I would like to give a perspective…

Editorial ; On the Free Speech debate that’s rocking campus

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.  In true LSE fashion, this past week the university and its students have been caught up in a media whirlwind over the free speech debate on campus, which seems to have branched off innumerably, much in the same way that distributaries branch off the main river channel. Having made quite the splash in several national headlines, the tempest that began fairly innocently with a certain…

Why the Free Speech Debate is Occurring Now

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by James Wilken-Smith, The free speech debate is the pressing issue of university politics. A lot of digital ink has been spilled spelling out the arguments for and against each side, and the debate has spilled out of universities into the mainstream media and popular consciousness. However, less attention has been paid to another question: why is the debate happening at all? The first place to look is the US….

A Reply From The Free Speech Society

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By Molly Farrow, Free Speech Society (Speakeasy) Events Officer This is addressed to Ella Baggaley-Simpson and Samar Rizvi, based on their articles last week. However, I hope that my points serve a larger audience. Firstly, Ella writes that ‘a university campus is a home; it is our right to reject vitriol’, but my questions are these: whose home? Is it not all of ours not just the circa 50 students…

Speaking should be easy

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By Paul Ax. I study anthropology, so let me begin with an anecdote. During the first year when I studied in a London’s university (not LSE), there was a group discussion in the class. Somehow a girl mentioned abortion. She said it should be a human right because a woman could decide on a matter that only involved her own body. Not having any chance to discuss such an issue…

Plsdontspeakjustfuckoff: The True Beauty of Free Speech

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by Bobby Gard-Storry, Congratulations to Katie Flynn and Maurice Banerjee Palmer: you successfully recruited me to the LSE Free Speech Society. When I bumped into a couple of the society’s founders in the George IV the other week, I was thoroughly sceptical. “Well yeah,” I told them, “Free speech is important, but… do we really need a society?” Later, to friends, I repeated my succinct conclusion, “You don’t need a…

We Should Not Ban The Anti-Ban Society

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by Emilia Brown If I’m honest, I am slightly confused by the motion to ban the new LSESU Free Speech Society, otherwise known as Speakeasy. The author of last week’s Beaver article, Maurice Banerjee Palmer, acknowledges that ‘I don’t really want to ban the Speakeasy/ Free Speech society. But I want to make a point; that, and it would be hilarious if the anti-ban society was actually banned’. I’m not too…

In Response To The Free Speech Society

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By Samar Rizvi, Secretary of the LSESU History Society The LSESU society, as a concept, is in crisis. Where once Laski, Robbins, Hayek or Halliday might have been brought in to rouse a crowd and promote robust debate, glorified mailing lists appear to be the norm. What history student hasn’t regretted the many pounds spent on joining groups that, despite their sleek websites and long list of corporate sponsors, do little…