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By Pam Cowburn / 14 November 2012

Index on Censorship, in association with SAGE, has launched a podcast series Free Speech Bites, available with transcripts here and on iTunes.

In each episode, celebrated philosophy writer Nigel Warburton (Philosophy Bites) and guests explore the concept of free expression, why it matters and highlight individuals who advanced the idea of freedom of thought.

The series opens with renowned broadcaster and writer, Jonathan Dimbleby, who is also Chair of Index. He discusses free speech and why it matters, and the philosophy of John Stuart Mill.Podcasts to be launched over the next few weeks include:

  • Critic and novelist Stephanie Merritt on her free speech icon, renaissance astronomer, mathematician and heretic Giordano Bruno, hero of her bestselling series of novels written under the pseudonym SJ Parris. Bruno was burned at the stake for challenging the beliefs of the church
  • Burmese poet, comic and musician, Zarganar, who spent years in solitary confinement for satirising his country’s ruling military junta on comedy, art, poetry and the importance of thinking and speaking freely, even under tyranny
  • Award-winning cartoonist, writer and satirist Martin Rowson on humour, satire and offence, and the cartoonist’s fate of being shot by both sides
  • Self-described “Muslim refusenik”, feminist author and activist, Irshad Manji, who campaigns for reform in Islam, on where religion and free speech clash


For more information, please contact Padraig Reidy at [email protected] or on 020 7324 2522. For interviews with Nigel, email [email protected]