Conference on Freedom of Speech

Is there still freedom of speech?

Budapest

20, February 2024

08:00

SUMMARY

Topic

Freedom of speech and expression of opinion is usually listed among the most important values of Western democracies. This passage is included in most international legal documents, national constitutions and fundamental laws. Politicians and bureaucrats invoke it against perceived or real, past or present oppressive regimes and practices. Freedom of speech is usually protected by the liberal-democratic mainstream from authoritarian regimes or religious oppression. But something seems to have changed in recent decades. The protection of various sensitivities, progressiveness, wokeness, and the liberal-democratic status quo seems to be more of an important issue than the protection of freedom of speech. Universities, progressives, and big tech companies all take a stand against free speech. Freedom of speech can be restricted if free speech is practiced by undesirable speakers – such as populists, nationalists or religious groups. Is freedom of speech really still a Western, democratic fundamental value, or is it just a rhetorical tool on the part of bureaucrats defending their positions of power? What are the challenges facing freedom of speech in the West and in post-socialist countries, and how can it be protected?

At this conference, with the participation of well-known domestic and foreign speakers, we are looking for answers to these questions. Next to others Tamás Deutsch, member of the European Parliament, will give a presentation, while Alvino-Mario Fantini, editor-in-chief of the European Conservative, Mark C. Henrie, president of the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Kinneging, professor of legal philosophy, will also be speaking.

Event hostess: Anett Szabó journalist

Participation is free, but registration is required.

Please confirm your intention to participate until 00.00 February 18, 2024.

We reserve the right to make changes to the programme.

Information

Venue

Várkert Bazár (1013 Budapest, Ybl Miklós tér 2-6.)

Date

20, February 2024

Time

08:00

Participation

Participation is free, but registration is required.

Programme

8:00–9:00

Registration

9:00–10:50

First session

Opening
Anett Szabó
journalist
Welcome Address
Gábor Fűrész
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Századvég Foundation
Speech
Tamás Deutsch
MEP
Speech
Dr. András Lánczi
Széchenyi Prize laurate philosopher and political scientist
Speech
Prof. Dr. Andreas Kinneging
Professor of Philosophy of Law, Leiden University

10:50–11:10

Coffee break

11:10–12:30

Second session

Speech
Mark C. Henrie
Chairman, Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
Round table discussion
Mária Schmidt
Director General, House of Terror Museum
Szilárd Demeter
Director, Petőfi Literary Museum
Gábor Megadja
Director, Research Institute for Political Thought of Századvég Foundation
Speech
Dr. András Koltay
Chairman of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority and the Media Council

12:30–13:30

Lunch break

13:30–15:00

Third session

Speech
Alvino-Mario Fantini
Editor-in-Chief, European Conservative
Speech
Márton Falusi
Researcher, Research Institute for Political Thought of Századvég Foundation
Speech
Dr. Gergely Gosztonyi
habilitated associate professor, ELTE Faculty of Law and Political Sciences
Speech
Zoltán Béky
legal expert, Századvég Foundation
Speech
Áron Czopf
Research Fellow, Research Institute for Political Thought of Századvég Foundation

Participation is free, but registration is required.

We reserve the right to make changes to the programme.

Speakers

Alvino-Mario Fantini

Editor-in-Chief

Áron Czopf

Research Fellow

Dr. András Koltay

Chairman of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority and the Media Council

Dr. András Lánczi

Széchenyi Prize laurate philosopher and political scientist

Dr. Gábor Megadja

Director of Research Unit

Dr. Gergely Gosztony

habilitated associate professor

Dr. Zoltán Béky

Regulatory (codification) lawyer

Gábor Fűrész

Chairman of the Board

Mark C. Henrie

Chairman

Márton Falusi

Researcher

Prof. Dr. Andreas Kinneging

Professor of Philosophy of Law

Prof. Dr. Mária Schmidt

Director General

Szilárd Demeter

Director

Tamás Deutsch

MEP

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