UK Censorship

It's Time to Fell the Students' Union Censors

David Siesage | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Siesage

What is the most damaging and pernicious phenomenon currently infiltrating British higher education? For many, it is 'lad culture' - the pervasive 'scourge' of university bars across the country. For others, it is sexism - widespread, deplorable, and often blamed on the aforementioned 'lads'. For me, it is the illiberalism of students' unions.

Jessica Elgot

Porn Stars 'Don't Need Rescuing', Performers Tell Anti-Porn Conference | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK

Porn stars, prostitutes and strippers "do not need to be rescued" by anti-porn feminists. That was the rally cry at a London protest on Saturday, with...

Pornstars to Stage Protest in London

Jerry Barnett | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Jerry Barnett

Female pornstars can't win: they are labelled victims, and if they try to defend what they do for a living, this is taken as proof of just how 'oppressed' they are. According to SPC and Object, their voices are not worth hearing. This is why we are protesting outside the SPC conference from 3pm on Saturday 15 March.

Students' Union Censorship is Glumly Predictable

David Siesage | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Siesage

With a heavy sense of impotence weighing on their shoulders, and in the spirit of 'making a difference', it seems almost inevitable that many will turn to this sort of self-aggrandising gesture politics: ban this, support that; censor this, 'stand in solidarity' with that.

I'm a Cartoonist, It's My Job to Be Offensive

Brian John Spencer | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Words and cartoons are incredible instruments, part wand, part weapon, and they should be free to do what they do best.

Censorship on Channel 4 News; An Open Letter to the Editor From the National Secular Society

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Stephen Evans

We were surprised and extremely disappointed to see that Channel 4 News took the decision to cover up the image of Mohammed when showing the Jesus & Mo cartoon, and we are thus keen to elicit the rationale behind that particular editorial decision.

Young People Being Denied Access to Mental Health Support Online

Rebecca Walton | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Walton

Surely, blocking mental health related websites will do far more harm than good? What will denying young people information, resources and support networks possibly achieve? Other than a new generation of adults who are too terrified to talk about their mental health issues or seek out support when they need it most.

Sun-Block: Students' Unions Have No Business in Censoring Newspapers

Robert DG Smith | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Robert DG Smith

It should be noted that SU's have only 'banned' The Sun to the extent that their shops will no longer stock the newspaper. The world will not cave-in because a minuscule number of people have to find a local off-licence for their daily fix instead. But it is part of a wider trend: 2013 has seen a wave of trivial, but worrying, censorship encroach on student-life.

Prime Minister's Taskforce Recommendations on Tackling Extremism Online Won't Be Effective

Sebastien Feve | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Sebastien Feve

This week, the Prime Minister's Tackling Extremism in the UK task force reported its findings and recommendations. Set up in the aftermath of the kill...

Lucy Sherriff

University Hides Critical Student Newspapers In Time For Open Day.. | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A university removed student newspapers from corridors in time for an open day because the front page criticised the institution's job cuts and it did...

Berners-Lee Warns Of 'Growing Tide Of Surveillance And Censorship'

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that "a growing tide of surveillance and censorship" threatens the future of democracy, as more people n...

Got Balls? Scrotum-Nailing Performance Artist Pavlensky Does

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christine Coco Jun

Last week, a stark-naked Petr Pavlensky hammered a huge nail through his own scrotum, affixing it to the stone pavement in front of Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square. Over Skype this week, Pavlensky and I discussed why he isn't planning any more similar protest stunts in the near future.

LSE Students CAN Wear Jesus And Mo T-Shirt To Burka Debate, School Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

LSE students are taking legal advice after being told to cover up "offensive" t-shirts of Jesus and Mohammed. Members of the LSESU Atheist, Secular...

WATCH: Advert Criticising Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia Banned

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK

Australian TV networks have refused to play an advert criticising Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia. An Australian activist group is lodging a c...

From Silent Screen to Smart Phone: Classifying Content in the 21st Century

David Cooke | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Cooke

Today the BBFC becomes the new regulator of mobile content, replacing the Independent Mobile Classification Body, which had regulated this content since 2004. From 2 September, the BBFC will provide the UK mobile network operators EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, with a new independent Classification Framework for content accessed via their mobile networks.

Book Review: You Can't Read This Book by Nick Cohen

Robert Bradley | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Bradley

Nick's book is perhaps one of the best I've read all year. Inside you'll find his research will both disgust and enlighten; you might even cry, you may throw up, but you certainly won't be cheerful. Cohen has successfully lifted the veil on the myth of free speech and as a result, he's perfectly revealed all the mendacity of those that claim we have it.

Is Really to Blame?

Gareth Milner | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Gareth Milner

If you receive a malicious phone call, would you demand that the phone company be banned? If you receive a malicious or threatening letter, would you demand that the postal service be shut down? The problem in cases like this isn't always the medium which is used, but the horrid and twisted people who carry out these disgusting acts.

Like Yesteryear's Handwringing Over Black Muggers or Violent Mods, The Fuss Over Internet Trolls Is a Classic Moral Panic

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Brendan O'Neill

The panic about these keyboard-tapping folk devils, this handful of very sad men who are said to pose an existential threat to the safety and self-esteem of the whole of womankind, conforms precisely to Cohen's definition of a moral panic. With one difference: the moral panic over trolls has even less substance.

Why Blocking 'Pro-Ana' Sites Is a Bad Idea

Zoe Thomson | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Thomson

Blocking pro-ana will not make eating disorders go away. If only! Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses with a whole range of causes, and simply looking at some thinspo will not give you an eating disorder unless you're already susceptible.

You Know What Other Countries Cover Up Lads' Mags? Misogynistic Islamist Ones

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

These sassy campaigners for women's rights would baulk like crazy at any suggestion that they are cut from the same cloth as sexist, patronising officials in places like Dubai who get to determine what the plebs may see. And yet the war on lads' mags in both Blighty and in more religious countries weirdly springs from the same source...

Everybody's Talking About Porn...

Mark J Daniels | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Tech
Mark J Daniels

You can't have failed to notice the various furore circling print media and the Internet about David Cameron's attempts to ban us all from receiving pornography in the privacy of our homes; unless we specifically state otherwise, Mr Cameron would like to shut down our access to adult images.

BrewDog Defies ‘Motherfu*kers' In Ad Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics

WARNING: the article contains language that may offend Brewdog, the Scottish craft brewery, has responded to censure from the advertising watchdog...

PIC: Cameron's War On Porn: Automatic Pop-Up Screen Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Comedy

As part of its new anti-porn measures, the Government has revealed a new default screen which will automatically pop up if people try to access porn o...

I'm Sorry to Have to Say This, But It Should Not Be a Crime to Fantasise About Raping a Woman

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

In short, the PM is making it a crime to have certain, warped sexual fantasies, to get excited, in your head, by things that the vast majority of us find disgusting. He's making the enjoyment of certain fantasy images and fantasy words into a thoughtcrime.

Self-Censorship and Polite Avoidance: What the Trayvon Martin Case Teaches Me About Myself

Naana Orleans-Amissah | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK Politics
Naana Orleans-Amissah

I'm surprised by the force with which I feel the impact of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Not just as a mother, as I try and imagine what it must be like, to walk out of a courtroom where a half dozen of your fellow citizens have decided that the fatal shooting of your unarmed seveteen year old is not a crime.