Freedom of creativity: young Arab voices debate in Cairo

 More than 300 people, with a majority of young people, took part in a debate on the topic of ‘Creativity between Freedom of Speech and Censorship’, organised in Cairo last week by the 'Young Arab Voices' programme, supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

The debate saw the participation of poet Galal Bekhiet and Journalist Farida El Shoubashi, proposing the motion, and Dr. Helmy El Gazzar and and Dr. Fadel Suleiman opposing. The debate was moderated by Eng. Mohammed El Sawy, MP.  The debate was very animated and touched a number of topics, including creativity in science and arts and the need for fair legislation to protect freedom of speech.
'Young Arab Voices' was jointly launched in 2011 by the British Council and the Anna Lindh Foundation, in response to the historic political and social changes taking place across the Arab region. The purpose of the programme is to train young people in debating skills and facilitate youth participation in new processes of democratic transition and reform. It has led to the creation of debating clubs in a wide range of settings, from schools and universities to cultural spaces and grass-root NGOs. 
The Anna Lindh Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue promotes knowledge, mutual respect and inter-cultural dialogue between the people of the Euro-Mediterranean region, working through a network of more than 3,000 civil society organisations in 43 countries. Its budget is co-funded by the EU (€7 million) and the EU member states (€6 million). (ENPI Info Centre)
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