The Heat debates free speech and assembly in France

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The murder of several cartoonists at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January left many shocked and horrified. However along with the global outpouring of sympathy seen in France, the country has been accused of hypocrisy when it comes to free speech.

Critics have said that while France has strong anti-Semitism laws, none exist to protect against anti-Islamic sentiments. France is also the only Western nation to ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

The Heat debates free speech and assembly in France

The Heat debates free speech and assembly in France

The murder of several cartoonists at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January left many shocked and horrified. However along with the global outpouring of sympathy seen in France, the country has been accused of hypocrisy when it comes to free speech. Critics have said that while France has strong anti-Semitism laws, none exist to protect against anti-Islamic sentiments. France is also the only Western nation to ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

The Heat discussed this debate with three experts:

  • Sharif Nashashibi, a journalist and also the chairman of a media watchdog group that monitors British media coverage of the Arab world.
  • Suzanne Nossel, the executive director of the PEN American center that defends free expression in the literary world.
  • Munir Pervaiz Saami, a Canadian Muslim activist.
Sharif Nashashibi, Suzanne Nossel, Munir Pervaiz Saami discusses free speech

Sharif Nashashibi, Suzanne Nossel, Munir Pervaiz Saami discusses free speech

The murder of several cartoonists at satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January left many shocked and horrified. However along with the global outpouring of sympathy seen in France, the country has been accused of hypocrisy when it comes to free speech. Critics have said that while France has strong anti-Semitism laws, none exist to protect against anti-Islamic sentiments. France is also the only Western nation to ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations.