UK Censorship

On the Anniversary of the Cruiser

Aaron Vallely | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

The Cruiser had some of those tasteful elements admired by many writers, myself included. The consummate internationalist, he believed that people understand one another if they want to, no matter how great the language barrier.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Censor Porn

Suzi Godson | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

It seems incredibly naïve of the BBFC not to recognise the inherent sexism in that decision. Their argument was that female ejaculation was too close to water sports, but discriminating against a sexual emission on the basis of it's consistency is surely the ultimate prejudice.

On the Nature of Public Opinion

Aaron Vallely | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

History has given us a colossal record of deceit, manipulation of the many by a resourceful and shrewd few, and the sustained distortion of public perception so robustly at any one time, it is imperative we review the model of society we have inherited. Power derives its life-force from control.

Russia Today UK Is Bad News - But Even Tyrants Have a Right to Free Speech

James Snell | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK
James Snell

Yes, RT is bad, but maybe by exposing its partisanship and the many flaws in its approach to a wider range of people, we might be able to defuse some of its negative potential. If our arguments for liberal democracy were not good enough to stand up to this sort of naked political manoeuvring, that is the point at which we should begin to worry.

#FreeTheNipple Is Now A Film - Watch The Trailer Here

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Ladies (and gentlemen) rejoice, the #FreeTheNipple movement is back and it's coming to a cinema near you. The groundbreaking anti-censorship campai...

'Sex' Advice and Paddington Bear

Pat Higgins | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

In one of the strangest coincidences of all time, I had actually spent this very afternoon making weak jokes to a friend about how the new version of Paddington Bear was edgier, darker and, yes, sexier than previous versions. Turns out I was right.

Hiding Anti-Muslim Bigotry Behind 'Free Speech' Won't Work

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Why is it that there's outrage when newspapers are racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic, but not when they're Islamophobic? Why the double standard?

The Destruction Of Dapper Laughs Has Exposed the Ugly Illiberalism of Modern-Day Liberals

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Brendan O'Neill

For making a few offensive, off-colour jokes about women and sex, Dapper Laughs has been chased off TV, off university campuses and off theatre stages across the country by a fuming mob of self-righteous commentators, feminist campaigners, angry tweeters and student censors.

Sheffield SU and NUS Ban on Julie Bindle - An Affront to Free Speech, our Intellectual freedom and an Insult to Students .

Liam Deacon | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Last week Julie Bindle, the feminist and journalist, was due to speak at our Student Union - except - at the last minute the student management team stepped in and banned her on our behalf.

Censorship Is a Subjective Thing

Horace Trubridge | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Horace Trubridge

Art and freedom of expression go hand in hand. I might find the lyrics to the Exodus song abhorrent but I would defend the bands right to explore their art form and challenge perceptions, and locking up a fan for posting lyrics on a Facebook wall is clearly bonkers.

Facebook Censors Women's Voices

Mia Hansson | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Tech
Mia Hansson

Are we not to think that breasts are natural and beautiful even when they are not being used by others? Are pictures of two-millimetre breasts "malicious" and "unsafe", as the automatised messages say? Or is it simply that reality is judged as unsafe by people habituated to porn?

The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship

Thomas Hughes | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Hughes

The council will examine the tension between the basic principles of privacy and the public's right to know - the main concern with this controversial ruling.

Why We Shouldn't Ban the Video of James Foley's Murder

Louise Bond | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK
Louise Bond

watch, download or share a video, people will not watch it, download it, or share it. Surely, we have enough experience of the internet by now to know that this is simply not the case?

Russia's Ban on Swearing in the Arts - I Say Nyet!

Neil Durkin | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I haven't seen much media coverage of the new ban on swear words in the arts in Russia and I was initially suspicious that it was some kind of hoax. A cock and bull story ...

Bias at the BBC

Sara Sheridan | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Politics
Sara Sheridan

If you think this is only a Scottish issue, you'd be wrong. On 21st of June 50000 anti-austerity marchers hit the streets of London and the BBC didn't produce a single word about it. By contrast in 2011 a pro-Austerity march by the Tax Payers Alliance which totalled 350 people was covered in detail. It's not only our BBC that is at fault here - it's your BBC too.

Does This Picture Show Nudity? Instagram Thought So And Banned Her Mum

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

An outraged mummy blogger had her Instagram account temporarily blocked over the weekend for posting a picture of her young daughter flashing her bare...

#FreeTheNipple Indeed! Facebook Lifts Ban On Breastfeeding Photos

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Facebook has quietly relaxed its ban on photographs which reveal the nipple or nipples of breastfeeding mothers, The Huffington Post UK can reveal. ...

Vaginas In Museums Are OK But Not In Real Life, Finds Performance Artist (NSFW VIDEO)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK

Gustav Courbet’s 19th century erotic oil painting The Origin of the World features the genitals of an (until recently) faceless nude and is roundly ...

Complicity in China's Internet Censorship Is a Betrayal of Those Who Died in Tiananmen Square

David Spencer | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Tech
David Spencer

The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre will be marked today across the world, with particularly notable events attracting thousands onto the streets in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and scores of articles and recollections being published in papers and online.

Jessica Elgot

Tiananmen Square Activists Had To Be Extremely Clever To Get This Past China's Censors

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK

If you wanted to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in mainland China today, you had to be pretty clever about it. On Sina ...

Why Universities Are Wrong to Ban The Sun

David Spereall | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
David Spereall

Banning things because you don't agree with them sets a dangerous precedent. Exiling The Sun because of page three at a uni's campus of a few thousand people may appear to be a fairly innocuous move in the grand scheme of things, but there is a key principle at stake here.

It's Time to Fell the Students' Union Censors

David Siesage | Posted 10.06.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 12.05.2014 | 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.