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Program

09:00 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:20 Opening Remarks

  • Martin Palouš, Director of Václav Havel Library, Czech Republic
  • Renata Klečková, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

10:20 – 12:30 Panel 1: Limits of Freedom of Speech

Moderator: Martin Palouš, Václav Havel Library, Czech Republic
  • Zdeněk Kühn, Supreme Administrative Court, Czech Republic
    Political speech and the power to dissolve political parties
  • Peter Molnar, Central European University, Hungary
    Limiting the exceptional limits of freedom of speech and responses to “hate speech”
  • Daniel Rietiker, European Court of Human Rights, Switzerland
    Restrictions to Freedom of Expression in the European context
  • Ladislav Vyhnánek, Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic
    Hate speech: Balancing the competing interests
  • Discussion

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch break

13:20 – 15:30 Panel 2: New Challenges for Freedom of Speech

Moderator: Veronika Bílková, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

  • Ahmad Sharief (Egypt) , Embassy of Egypt in Khartoun, Sudan
    Defamation of Religion
  • Radwan Ziadeh, Visiting Scholar at Dubai Initiative at Kennedy school of Government at Harvard University, Syria
    Freedom of Speech under Authoritarian regimes in the Arab World
  • Pedro Fuentes Cid, Presidio Politico Cubano, USA
    Historical perspective of Freedom of expression in Cuba.
  • Carl Gershman, National Endowment for Democracy, USA
    Threats to Freedom of Expression in the Age of Information
  • Gregory Asmolov, London School of Economics and Political Science, Great Britain
    Online Control and Dimensions of Power: A case of Internet Freedom in Russia
  • Discussion

15:30 – 15:45 Concluding Remarks

Martin Palouš, Director of Václav Havel Library, Czech Republic

Side events – Exhibitions

Press Against Persecution – Cuban Samizdat 2000 – 2010

Silenced Voices: An Exhibition About Murdered Human Rights Activists in Russia

Evening of Solidarity (Archa Theatre)

19:00 – 19:20 Opening Remarks

Martin Palouš, Director of Václav Havel Library, Czech Republic

19:20 – 20:30 Panel discussion: Epoch-Making Power of Free Speech

Moderator: Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, USA

  • Omar Rodrigez Saludes, Cuba
    Independent journalist and political prisoner
  • Dolkun Isa, East Turkinstan (Xin Jiang uyghur Autonomy region in China)
    General secretary of the World Uyghur Congress, and president of the East Turkestan Union in Europe
  • Radwan Ziadeh, Syria
    Visiting Scholar at Dubai Initiative at Kennedy school of Government at Harvard University
  • Htein Lin, Burma
    Artist and political prisoner

20:30 – 21:00 The Plastic People of the Universe

Performance by the Prague rock band

21:00 – 21:30 Reception

Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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