Reading Post – 14 March 2014

Speak Up For Free Speech

On the first Saturday of this month a trial was held for a Reading Speakers’ Corner.

Sponsored by the Co-operative and run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, the project aims to promote freedom of speech as a cornerstone of our democratic life.

There are many ways that people can express their opinions to the public.

There are the letter pages of this newspaper for example – which have been a forum for debate for generations.

Then there are the new social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter which people have taken to with gusto.

But what can be a more social space than addressing your fellow townsfolk face to face and articulating your views directly to them?

getreading is a big supporter of Reading Speakers’ Corner and we hope more people will get involved as it becomes a permanent feature of our town.

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