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The Editorial

Freedom of speech

Freedom is a Christian ideal and should be one of the hallmarks of a democratic and healthy society.

John Benton

Recently, however, the whole issue of freedom of speech has begun to run into many difficulties. Back in December, the Sikh community understandably felt very aggrieved over the play entitled Bhesti (Punjabi for ‘dishonour’), which portrayed immorality and abuse in a Sikh temple. There were angry scenes on the streets of Birmingham and police had to be involved in holding back the protesters. Eventually the play was closed down by the theatre’s executive director.