3rd January 2003

 

THE PERILS OF FREE SPEECH

 

The new Dean of Media and Communications at the University of Lincoln will discuss free speech and regulation of the media in his inaugural lecture later this month.

 

Professor Brian Winston came to the University of Lincoln in September last year from the highly rated School of Media and Creative Industries at the University of Westminster, of which he had been head since 1997.

 

In his lecture – ‘The Perils of Free Speech’ – Professor Winston will argue that we are in danger of forgetting the fundamental liberal underpinnings of the concept of freedom of expression in a welter of regulation and an avalanche of abusive media behaviour.

 

He will show how Western strength and innovation is closely bound to this right and will propose that we would do well to remember what John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon wrote in 1720:

 

“Freedom of speech… is the right of every man, as far as by it he does not hurt or control the right of another; and this is the only check which it ought to suffer, the only bounds it ought to know.”

 

After studying law at Oxford Brian Winston began his career on Granada’s ‘World In Action’ programme in 1963. He has since worked on many current affairs television programmes including ’24 Hours’ for the BBC. In 1985 he won a US prime-time Emmy for documentary script writing for WNET New York.

 

He has published 11 books and taught at the National Film School, Glasgow University, New York University and Pennsylvania State University. More recently he ran the Centre for Journalism Studies at the University of Wales in Cardiff.

 

Professor Winston’s inaugural lecture will be given in the Cargill Lecture Theatre at 6pm on Wednesday 15th January 2003 at the Brayford Pool campus. A drinks reception will follow at 7pm.

 

Members of the public are welcome to attend. For more details contact the university events office on Lincoln 886358.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln  (tel: 01522 886042)                email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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