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9 February 2009
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This week Andrew Marr is joined by Kenan Malik, Tariq Modood, Michael Reiss, Martin Rowson and Richard Clayton.
Two decades after a fatwa was imposed on Salman Rushdie, Andrew Marr and his guests discuss the consequences for freedom of expression. The writer and broadcaster KENAN MALIK argues that we have ‘internalised the fatwa’ and that free expression is facing more limits than ever before. The sociologist TARIQ MODOOD believes that certain restrictions are important in order to have respectful debates in a multicultural society. The educator and Anglican priest MICHAEL REISS was stepped down from the Royal Society for his views on creationism in the classroom. He argues that scientists need to engage more openly with those of different beliefs and explains why he fears a ‘scientocracy’. The cartoonist MARTIN ROWSON describes the drawings that have got him into hot water and why he believes one should only satirise the powerful, while software developer and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University RICHARD CLAYTON explains the cat-and-mouse game of opinion and censorship on the internet.
Kenan Malik’s book From Fatwa to Jihad is published by Atlantic Books in April 2009 and you can hear Kenan and Tariq Modood in discussion at the Institute of Ideas in London on 12 February.

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