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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

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994