UK Censorship

Censorship Is a Subjective Thing

Horace Trubridge | Posted 02.10.2014 | 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 16.09.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 25.08.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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.

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..

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...