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BBC = FoE x 2

Press for Freedom logo via the BBC websiteBBC = FoE, where BBC = British Broadcasting Corporation, FoE = Freedom of Expression, and x 2 = times two; because the BBC have two major freedom of expression events going on at the moment. First, Roy Greenslade (website | blog) is currently present an excellent four part radio series, Press for Freedom (article | news report | podcast) on the struggle for media freedom worldwide. It’s superb!

Second, as part of its celebrations for 75 years of the World Service, the free to speak initiative is an exciting blend of archives, radio, and interactivity (they encourage participation, especially via their blog: world have your say). In particular, today’s big link up, though a bit gimmicky, was a spectacular affirmation of the importance of radio (my favourite electronic medium) to and in the global conversation about and protection of freedom of expression. Wonderful stuff!

Do the sums. Follow the links.

One Response to “BBC = FoE x 2”

  1. Andrew S says:

    BBC ≠ FOE x 2 ? Just for badness this, but while I don’t disagree with what you’ve said, it worth highlighting that the BBC hasn’t always been / isn’t always the bastion of free speech that you proclaim. Think ProLife Alliance, Zircon, and most damning of all, Nelson Mandela telling Alan Titchmarsh that he doesn’t understand just how important the BBC is after we’ve witnessed him with Dimmock et al prancing inanely round the great man’s garden (see http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/565013.stm)!! That all said, where would we be (globally) without it…

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