UK Censorship

It Is Not the Job of Student Unions to Police Student Thoughts

David Browne | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The banning of No Offence at Freshers' Fair (and let's not pretend that this doesn't put it at considerable disadvantage in terms of distributing it and exposing those who wish to read it to the ideas therein) ironically is the perfect showcase for the need for its existence.

First They Came for the Cheeses and No-One Spoke Out - Russia's Banning Mania

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

On top of existing prohibitions on "undesirable organisations", on numerous public demonstrations, on gay pride rallies and on materials said to "promote" homosexuality, Russia's recent restrictions are faintly ludicrous and distinctly sinister.

Where's the Humanity in Artificial Intelligence? Ask an Echoborg

Charlotte Webb | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Tech
Charlotte Webb

Currently, many androids are partly operated by humans, who are in charge of their speech and movement. This is because the technologies that orient androids to their environment are not sophisticated enough to make them seem convincingly human.

#Curvy Is Back: Instagram Unblock Hashtag Following Huge Backlash

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Last week, positive body image campaigners were up in arms after it was revealed that Instagram had blocked the hashtag #Curvy. The hashtag had bee...

Artist Whose Period Photo Was Removed From Instagram: 'Men Need To See My Work Most'

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

While you may not recognise Rupi Kaur, you'll certainly remember her work. Earlier this year an image from her photo series, Period, went viral after ...

'Photoshop The Nipple' Is The Best Response To Censorship Yet

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are well known for their lack of tolerance when it comes to women and their nipples. In the past...

Comedy - Censorship vs Accountability and Freedom of Speech

Dana Alexander | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Dana Alexander

Amy Schumer isn't the only Comedian who has recently come under fire for what was deemed inappropriate. Jerry Seinfeld, Trevor Noah and Stewart Lee are amongst of multitude of Comedians that have had objections raised by the Twitterazzi in reaction to their material recently. The real question is, "Who gets to draw the line?"

In Facebook Jail Again - Over Female Nipples

Laura Dodsworth | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Dodsworth

Female breasts, depicted in a non-sexual way, by a female artist, are not allowed. In other words, if women's breasts and nipples are not in service to babies or men, or have not suffered cancer, if they simply exist on a woman's body, they must be covered.

Music Producer's Vagina Artwork Temporarily Banned From Instagram (NSFW)

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Warning: contains explicit images Music producer Arca has protested against Instagram's nudity policy after it deleted a photograph he posted on th...

Cabinet Member Rejects May's Proposal To 'Censor' Television Programmes

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK

Theresa May's proposal to "censor" television programmes was attacked by a Cabinet colleague on Thursday, with Sajid Javid dismissing the Home Secreta...

Silencing "Hate Speech" Doesn't Stop Hate

Jerry Barnett | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jerry Barnett

All censorship, including No Platform, is an elitist activity. Censors are generally self-appointed individuals who believe they have the right to decide which viewpoints should not be spoken or heard by anyone.

Before And After: Extreme Censorship Of Album Covers In The Middle East

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In a culture where women are expected to keep their flesh under wraps, it comes as no surprise that racy album covers of female pop icons Lady Gaga, M...

Women Bare Breasts Online In Support Of Trolled Student

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The censorship of women's bodies has been hot topic since summer 2014 when the #FreeTheNipple movement first began. Fast-forward to the present day...

Give Julie Bindel a Loud Hailer: Feminism Is a Friend, Not a Foe

Samantha Rea | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Samantha Rea

Last week I heard Julie Bindel speak at Challenging the Campus Censors. She was charismatic and funny and she's spent decades campaigning against violence towards women. I feel privileged to have heard her speak - it's not an opportunity everyone gets.

Hate Crime: Why Censors Are Right to Ban the Anti-Semitic Horror

Simon Thompson | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

I'm a fan of horror, I consider myself to be pretty liberal and I would consider myself a supporter of free speech and free expression but I also think there comes a time when a line has to be drawn and we have say that something is not okay.

These Are The World's Worst Offenders For Twitter Censorship

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Tech

Turkey's government accounted for more than half of all requests to block Twitter content in the second half of last year, official figures show. F...

So Mr Zuckerberg, Just What Isn't Appropriate on Facebook

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

I get that it's 'Zuck's house and what Daddy says under his roof goes. Don't like it, go rent a room at Twitter. But since then it seems rules on belfies, topless blokes and creepy graphic posts of wounds have all been given the green light and my feed is fecking full of them. And it's bloody grim.

21st Century Porn and Victorian Ethics

Lorna Acqua | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Lorna Acqua

In 21st century Britain female sexuality is constantly under attack with displays of sexual assertiveness still deemed slutty, laddish and uncouth. Women are constantly judged on how they carry themselves from their social behaviour to their clothing choices.

At Goldsmiths, the Mere Threat of a Backlash Against Comedian Kate Smurthwaite Was Able to Shut Down Free Speech

Robert DG Smith | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Robert DG Smith

Students by and large support the idea of a university being a place for the free exchange of ideas, and generally have a low opinion of the wackier preoccupations of their elected representatives. But this regrettable affair is a reminder of the shallow commitment that many students have to free expression.

Free Speech and Offence - Seeking the Invisible Line

Peter Bradley | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Bradley

The debate about the balance between the freedom to express opinions and the rights of those offended by them is by no means a new one. But though it's intensified since the attacks in Paris, it's doubtful that we're any closer to knowing whether and where the line can be drawn.

"Horror For Kids" and the Poltergeist Remake

Pat Higgins | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

A while back, I was asked by a horror fan who had never seen the movie whether it would live up to his expectations. I was about to answer an enthusiastic 'yes' when I paused; all of my experiences of Poltergeist are filtered through having first seen it in my early teens.

Facebook's Nudity Policy Even Bans Breast Cancer Campaigns

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A ground-breaking breast cancer awareness campaign has been deemed unfit for Facebook, because it contravenes their nudity policy. The CoppaFeel! c...

The No More Page 3 Campaign Is a Victory for Free Speech But Not For Feminism

Robert Sharp | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Robert Sharp

At first blush, the success of the No More Page 3 campaign does not look like a victory for free speech. After all, a thing that was being published, is no longer being published. The prudish censors have prevailed, right? Look again... Is the absence of naked breasts from Page 3 a victory for feminism, though? I worry that it is not.

Facebook vs. Free Speech

Philip Ellis | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

Zuckerberg's support of Charlie Hebdo was questioned during a recent Q&A session in Colombia; specifically, he was asked why he has taken an interest in this specific incident as opposed to other terrorist attacks. "This was specifically about people's freedom of expression and ability to say what they want," he says.

The Interview - Poking a Sleeping Bear

Jack Banister | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Banister

The counter-argument is that we shouldn't decide what films we do and don't make - and what we do and don't say - based on the potential for someone to react aggressively. In it's own way that is a form of censorship. But if we wanted to make a political statement about North Korea, I'd like to think it could have been done with a bit more tact.