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“Je suis Charlie?” roundtable explores limits of free speech

English instructor Rajnish Dhawan and Student Life’s Martin Kelly hosted a roundtable discussion on March 4 in U-House, using the case of the Jan. 7 massacre at the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as a springboard for conversation about cultural constraints on freedom of speech.

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By Valerie Franklin (The Cascade) – Email

Print Edition: March 11, 2015

English instructor Rajnish Dhawan and Student Life’s Martin Kelly hosted a roundtable discussion on March 4 in U-House, using the case of the Jan. 7 massacre at the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo as a springboard for conversation about cultural constraints on freedom of speech. A wide range of topics were covered, including concerns about how Bill C-51 may infringe on Canadians’ freedoms, the way international students and immigrants can have their freedom of expression restrained by their fear of making mistakes in a foreign culture, and whether digital activism and hashtags like #jesuischarlie can have any effect in the real world.

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