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La Repubblica - Italy | 23/01/2015

For Ian McEwan free speech is the protector of religion

Freedom of speech as an indispensable cornerstone of the open society also protects religion, writes British author Ian McEwan in the left-liberal daily La Repubblica: "Who will guarantee the peace? Not religion. In the cities of the West, richly layered in race and religion, the only guarantor of freedom of religious worship and tolerance for all is the secular state. … The principle of free speech is crucial. … The importance of free speech can't be overstated. It is emphatically not just the luxury of journalists and novelists. Nor is it an absolute. Where it is constrained it must be so through laws within democratic institutions. But without free speech, democracy is a sham. Every freedom we possess or wish to possess, has had to be freely thought and talked and written into existence. Freedom of speech - the giving and receiving of information, asking of awkward questions, scholarly research, criticism, fantasy, satire - the exchange within the entire range of our intellectual capacities, is the freedom that brings the others into being. Free speech is not religion's enemy, it is its protector."

Le Nouvel Observateur - France | 07/12/2006

Ian McEwan defends the right to apostasy

In his book 'Saturday', the British writer Ian McEwan refers to the major demonstrations that took place in London in 2003 in protest against military intervention in Iraq. In an interview with Gilles Anquetil and François Armanet, he explains why he felt sceptic at the time. "I was very uncomfortable at the time to see this movement of opposition to the war largely influenced by the Muslim Association of Britain, which I despise for having condemned Salman Rushdie and calling for punishment of apostates. This, for me, is where the rift lies: the question of the Islamic veil is minor compared with that of apostasy. The right to give up one's religion, to loose faith is one of our values. To oppose this is to challenge the bedrock of our society. ... The 'Rushdie Case' was the first chapter of what is happening to us. The left tends to show indulgence towards Islam in the hope of forming a common cause against the United States. We are currently seeing small left-wing groups offering separate prayer rooms for men and women! The world is being turned upside-down... "

Times Literary Supplement - United Kingdom | 03/03/2006

Writers denounce London Book Fair organiser's ties to arms trade

Thirteen prominent writers - including Nobel Laureates J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer - have written an open letter calling on the London Book Fair to sever its ties with the publisher Reed Elsevier, an organiser of international arms fairs. Reed Elsevier is the parent company of the book fair's organiser, Reed Exhibitions. "Reed Exhibitions have publicly insisted that 'the defence industry is central to the preservation of freedom and national security'," states the letter. "Yet military buyers were invited from some of the world's most violent and repressive regimes, including Colombia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and China, currently subject to a United Nations arms embargo. ... We are appalled that our trade should be commercially connected to one which exacerbates insecurity and repression, and which props up regimes inimical to free expression."

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