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Censorship and free speech discussed in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

January 9, 2015

In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, School of Communication and Culture Prof. David Black discusses censorship and free speech with C-FAX host Terry Moore.

“Free speech is so foundational because it’s the freedom that allows other freedoms to articulate themselves, to be explored to be developed,” Black says in conversation with Moore. “We go from freedom of  expression or free speech to things like freedom of  worship, freedom of association,  freedom to travel or work in professions that we’re qualified for, freedom of thought.

“Censorship is usually a failure of the imagination. I see censorship, like terrorism, as a dramatic failure of the political imagination. A failure of human potential in some sense.”

Listen to the interview at 7:30. 

Later on the show, at 42:00, adjunct professor Ron Crelinsten discusses terrorism.