BBC World Service - Freedom 2014

What does freedom mean in the modern world? It's a question the BBC has been investigating over the past few weeks. The series culminated on 1 April with special events and broadcasts - here's some of the highlights.


  1. A key question we've been asking is what does freedom look like to you? The response has been fantastic, and we've collected some of the best in a photo gallery.
  2. There were special events outside our home in central London.
  3. As an experiment, we redacted some of our tweets.
  4. It frustrated some of our followers.
  5. Others said censorship on social media is something they're more than familiar with.
  6. Our followers got creative, with Haiku and short poems on the subject of freedom.
  7. The BBC World Service's Newshour programme asked whether London is the freest city in the world. Here, three of the panellists discuss to what extent are they free to express themselves.
  8. From one freedom to another. World Update looked at freedom from addiction - what personal liberty is there for drug addicts? Should people be free to take drugs? One of the guests, Eliot Ross Albers, who's a morphine user and director of the International Network of People who Use Drugs, answered questions on Facebook afterwards.
  9. If what they (drug abuser) do don't affect people around them may be they can say that, but drug abusers usually affect social life of people around them. How could it be? Could drug abuser give benefit to human civilization?
  10. EA: All people affect the lives of those around them, drug users no more and no less than others. The problem is that when your drugs of choice are illegal you are forced to interact with organised crime and in addition are faced with massive stigma and discrimination. I studied my PhD in philosophy whilst a daily heroin user.
  11. Newsday's Nuala McGovern broadcast from Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, where migrants regularly try to enter European territory.
  12. What price are you prepared to pay for freedom? Would you rather feel safe and secure, or free? It was a question mulled by guests from Venezuela, Egypt and China (among others) on a Google hangout moderated by the BBC's Arabic service.