Free Expression

Let's Not Repeat Past Mistakes - Restricting Free Speech will Fuel Radicalisation

Thomas Hughes | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

In the last few weeks EU and US talks have resulted in calls for internet providers to create a means for 'swift reporting' and removal of material that aims to incite hatred and terror - a 'reporting' mechanism which could be used to stifle legitimate, albeit often highly distasteful or offensive, speech without due process safeguards.

Why Page 3 and Charlie Hebdo Are Not the Same

Sam Fowles | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Sam Fowles

Platform is valuable commodity and the supply of privileged platforms far outstrips demand. This is precisely because very few people have the former while almost everyone has, at some point, availed themselves of one of the latter.

What Has Charlie Really Done for Free Speech?

Ian Middleton | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

Yes, free expression is a right. One that's enshrined in the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights no less. But as has already been pointed out by more learned people than me, it's a right that comes with many caveats.

Ahmed Merabet: Protector of Charlie Hebdo, Enemy of Violent Extremism

Suraj Lakhani | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Suraj Lakhani

I cannot speak for Ahmed Merabet, but as a Muslim he may well have been offended by some of Charlie Hebdo's material. Regardless of this, he still gave his life to protect their right to free speech. In my opinion, this attitude is something we can all learn from.

3 Million Reasons Why Charlie Hebdo's Attackers Have Utterly Failed

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

The Prophet Mohammed, with a tear in his eye, is on the front cover of the first Charlie Hebdo edition published since Islamic extremists killed 12 pe...

Human Rights in the Digital Age

Thomas Hughes | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Tech
Thomas Hughes

The last decade has seen massive, global technological change, creating a multitude of opportunities to strengthen the protection of the right to freedom of expression and information.

Obama Defends 'Free Expression' At UN

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK

President Obama has defended the tenet of “free expression” in the face of ongoing protests over an anti-Islam film. Speaking at a gathering of...

Bishops, Too, Have a Right to Unpleasant Opinions

Terry Sanderson | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK
Terry Sanderson

A humanist politician in Ireland is trying to prosecute a Catholic bishop for hate speech. Fine Gael election candidate John Colgan complained to the ...