Free Speech

Cardiff University Students To Vote On Whether To Officially Become A Pro Abortion Union

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A row over free speech is brewing as students at Cardiff University gear up to vote on whether their union should officially become "pro choice". T...

This House Believes That Popularity Is Enough to Justify A Platform

Joseph Miles | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

To "platform" a view is not to legitimise it. Only the responses to a view can do that. It is my firm view that "platforming" obnoxious beliefs actually helps to delegitimise them, in so far as the sheer repulsiveness of a view becomes obvious when shown in a public arena. I remain convinced that bigotry can never be based on facts, and that is why I am proud to propose the motion.

You Can't Disappear Those You Disagree With

Brian John Spencer | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

It's simple: "The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff." Said Salman Rushdie. Go figure. Let truth and falsehood grapple. How do we know what is right if we don't know wrong and the case that is made for wrong. Ideas may be distasteful and deeply disagreeable, but we cannot airbrush and disappear that and those people that we disagree with.

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?

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.

4chan Is the Opium of the People

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Tech
Lukas Mikelionis

4chan has always catered to a very narrow group of people: be it manga and anime lovers in the beginning; to sad, angry and aggravated trolls whose premise of privacy is built on the idea that hacking iCloud is the user's fault.

Human Rights in the Digital Age

Thomas Hughes | Posted 13.10.2014 | 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.

Is Immigration Needed If British People Won't Do Tough Jobs?

Lee Dalloway | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Lee Dalloway

The influx is placing a strain on our healthcare, welfare and housing systems. But there's also arguments that without immigrants our NHS in particular would collapse. Are we a nation of people too good for tough or 'menial' jobs? Or are we just letting in too many people to do them for us?

Independence Referendum Shows We Should Break Up BBC News

Sam Fowles | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

The danger BBC news presents isn't in it's actual bias but it's perceived objectivity. As a society we accept and adjust for the editorial standpoints of other news sources but the myth persists that the BBC is to be treated differently...

Have You Heard the One About Free Speech...?

John Roberts | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Comedy
John Roberts

On Wednesday 13 August 2014, I'll be giving a talk at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe about these and other related issues on the connection between free speech, humour and the public sphere as part of the Beyond a Joke? Comedy, Culture and the Public discussion series.

Putin's Bad Language

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

President Putin's confident geopolitical swagger seems at odds with Russia's recent, petty moves to choke the life out of language...

Legalizing Acid, Pot and Shrooms - Your Constitutional Right To Think As You Wish Should Extend To Psychedelic States Of Mind

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

FOR HUFFINGTON POST USA Thomas Roberts recently wrote on a topic that has long interested me: is the banning of mind-altering, psychedelics substance...

Thai Junta's Censorship Attempts Extend to London

Dr. Lee Jones | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Lee Jones

Following the recent military coup in Thailand, free speech, free assembly and academic freedom have been massively constrained. Now, the junta is even trying to extend these restrictions overseas.

Why the Coronation of Egypt's General Sisi Will Spell Failure for the Arab Spring

Luke McManus | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

2014 looks set to be a year for landmark elections. India's having a really long one, Ukraine's looking at a fairly awkward one and Syria's going to have a predictable one. But come next month, all eyes will be on Egypt, as the country seeks closure to the Arab Spring in the form of its very own presidential elections.

On the Brink of Extinction in Russia

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Anna Bacciarelli

With rights groups shut down, opposition activists shut away and those attending public gatherings and protests potentially criminalised, Putin's government is overseeing a human rights dark age for Russians - no matter what message their placard bears.

On Being Called A Nazi

Jemma Wayne | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

It was a revelation this month to discover that calling for tougher curbs on smoking, made me a Nazi. Strike that, it was a surprise when my (admittedly provocative) Huffington Post article received a slew of 'she's a Nazi' comments, when my twitter account was inundated with trolls, when I received hate E-mail...

Clampdown on Free Speech in Russia Might Be Temporary

Marina Kim | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK
Marina Kim

When the fuss about Crimea dies down, the grip on the freedom of speech must lessen, and the self-imposed iron curtain must go up. I might be in the minority but I am optimistic that it is going to happen.

Happy 25th Birthday World Wide Web - Let's Not Destroy It

Mike Harris | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Harris

It was British ingenuity that led to the development of the World Wide Wide 25 years ago today and unfortunately it appears British guile will be responsible for its possible demise. The hopeful beginnings of the Web have turned sour.

The Maajid Nawaz Controversy - Rights, Democracy and Cartoons

Liam Deacon | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Politics
Liam Deacon

The debate over group rights is contested, but what shouldn't be, is the fact that calling for instant and somewhat arbitrary retributive action against a single MP candidate, who has exercised a right afforded to everyone else, just isn't a convincing way to invite this debate into the public domain. Neither is it just or democratic.

Winston Churchill, Putin's Russia and Ukraine: Timeless Lessons from the 'Iron Curtain Speech' 68 Years On

Philip White | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK Politics
Philip White

Can a speech made by a former Prime Minister 68 years ago still be relevant today? When we're talking about Winston Churchill's Sinews of Peace address (aka 'the Iron Curtain speech'), the answer is a resounding "yes."

Why Is Free Speech Not Good Enough for Northern Ireland?

Mike Harris | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mike Harris

Very few know why the Defamation Bill does not apply to Northern Ireland, an outrageous decision that has created a gaping loophole in the government's attempts to reform the UK's libel laws.

Free-Speech Jihadis and Their Defence of Maajid Nawaz

Salman Butt | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Butt

Over the last few weeks I've noticed an uncanny resemblance between the caricature flag-burning, blasphemer-threatening, riotous Muslims in the Middle-East, and some (perhaps equally intelligent) so-called 'liberal' tweeters, commentators and presenters in the UK...

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.

The Limits of Free Speech on Campus

Jonathan Hunter | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Hunter

No-platform policies are not a form of Orewellian censorship - they are a reasonable concept encouraging self-regulation. Rather than 'banning' individuals outright, we as students must place significant pressure on the relevant authorities to withhold the right of certain individuals to speak at certain times on campus.

Maajid Nawaz Will Not Be Dropped As Lib Dem Candidate, Says Nick Clegg

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has said Maajid Nawaz will not be dropped as a Lib Dem parliamentary candidate, amid a row over whether he was wrong to tweet a link to a c...