In the framework of the ‘Young Arab Voices’ debate programme in Egypt, El Sawy Culture Wheel organised in Cairo on Wednesday 14th March a debate on the topic of ‘Creativity between Freedom of Speech and Censorship’.
The debate saw the participation of poet Galal Bekhiet and Journalist Farida El Shoubashi as the proposition team and Dr. Helmy El Gazzar and and Dr. Fadel Suleiman as the opposition team. The debate was moderated by Eng. Mohammed El Sawy, MP.
The debate was very animated and touched a number of topics, including creativity in science and arts and the need for a fair legislation to protect freedom of speech. More than 300 people, with the majority of them being youth, participated in the event and intervened with questions and comments.
'Young Arab Voices' was jointly launched in 2011 by the British Council and the Anna Lindh Foundation, in response to the historic political and social changes taking place across the Arab region. The purpose of the programme is to train young people in debating skills and facilitate youth participation in new processes of democratic transition and reform. It has led to the creation of debate clubs in a wide range of settings, from schools and universities to cultural spaces and grass-root NGOs.
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