The right to freedom of expression is crucial in a democracy – information and ideas help to inform political debate and are essential to public accountability and transparency in society. The right to free expression would be meaningless if it only protected certain types of expression – so the right should protect both popular and unpopular expression, including speech that might shock others.
The recent attack in Paris on Charlie Hebdo offices is a direct attack on this fundamental right. We at Sarbat value the power of freedom of speech and its contribution in on our efforts to make the LGBT rights universally acceptable in the Sikh community.
In this moment of solidarity we have chosen “How important is Freedom of Expression and are there any boundaries”, as a topic of discussion for our next meeting, on 18th of January at 15.30 PM in Starbucks (124 Southampton Row WC1B 5AA).
We look forward to meeting you and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or suggestions. Prior to coffee social some of us are visiting the British Museum exhibition on Germany. Please book tickets for 13:00 hrs – Tickets need to be booked in advance if you wish to attend the exhibition. We will be outside the exhibition at 1300hrs and it would be great if you could inform us beforehand in case you join us.
If you have any questions please call the sarbat phone on 07779 575 099. Please be aware that we may not have reception at all times so a text message will be better. The discussion session will be chaired by Sarbat Facilitator Dharam.