Where would we be without the freedom of speech
Where would we be as a nation without the freedom of speech
Ladies and gentlemen, a very good evening to you and welcome to the latest in our series of Doha Debates coming to you from the Gulf State of Qatar and sponsored by the Qatar Foundation. Despite what they say in some cultures, school isn't always the happiest time of your life. Instead of being encouraged to explore, question and innovate, young people can often be fed hatred and prejudice; their learning restricted by censorship and government propaganda. Such is the reality in many parts of the world and here too in the Middle East. When it comes to free speech, there are of course no absolutes. All states restrict information, but what we're asking tonight is this: where governments censor educational material for political reasons or to push a particular ideology or a distorted version of history; where key facts are consistently omitted because they're inconvenient or deemed sensitive; where criticism of rulers, or ruling parties, is stifled: can this type of education have any value at all? Well, our motion tonight: This House believes education is worthless without freedom of speech, and as usual our panellists come at the topic from very different points of view. Speaking for the motion, Dennis Hayes, Founder of ‘Academics for Academic Freedom' and Professor of Education at the University of Derby in the UK. And with him, Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. He's also Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies here in Qatar. Speaking against the motion, Nagla Rizk, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the School of Business at the American University in Cairo. She's also Affiliate Scholar at the Yale Law School, and with her, Kevin Watkins. He's director of the ‘Education for all Global monitoring report' led by UNESCO and a senior visiting research fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University. A lot of titles there. Ladies and gentlemen, that's our panel. And now let me start by asking Dennis Hayes to speak for the motion.
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Okay, one sentence, that's it. Okay, that's it, thank you. We've come to the point where we're going to vote on the motion: "This House believes education is worthless without freedom of speech." Would you please take your voting machines, let me just explain to you, if you want to vote for the motion, that's the side represented by those on my right, it's button one, the YES button. If you want to vote against the motion, that's the side represented by those on my left, it's button two, the NO button. Whichever button you want to press, please do it now. You only have to press once. Thanks to the wonders of modern science your vote will be communicated to the computers. We should have the vote for you in about 10 seconds' time.