Free Speech

The Death of Free Speech

Adam Hamdy | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Many posed the question; how can we have free speech in a tolerant, multi-cultural society? It is precisely because we want a tolerant, multi-cultural society that the right to free speech must be absolute.

Is It Hobson's Choice Between Religious Beliefs and Free Speech?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Surely, we do not have to view them as a Hobson's choice? What we should focus on instead is the harder - and much harsher - question of whether we as followers of a religion or as advocates of free speech can coexist too?

Why Page 3 and Charlie Hebdo Are Not the Same

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2015 | 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.

The No More Page 3 Campaign Is a Victory for Free Speech But Not For Feminism

Robert Sharp | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Robert Sharp

At first blush, the success of the No More Page 3 campaign does not look like a victory for free speech. After all, a thing that was being published, is no longer being published. The prudish censors have prevailed, right? Look again... Is the absence of naked breasts from Page 3 a victory for feminism, though? I worry that it is not.

Facebook vs. Free Speech

Philip Ellis | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

Zuckerberg's support of Charlie Hebdo was questioned during a recent Q&A session in Colombia; specifically, he was asked why he has taken an interest in this specific incident as opposed to other terrorist attacks. "This was specifically about people's freedom of expression and ability to say what they want," he says.

Live and Let Live

Miriam Brown | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Miriam Brown

The ability to express and the power to repress is a battle that is being fought not only here in the Western world but by thousands everywhere. It is hard to know if anyone will ever win. 'Live and let live' I say.

Why Ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad Is Europe's Oldest Tradition

Usman Butt | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK
Usman Butt

The Charlie Hebdo massacre sent shockwaves throughout the world and was widely interpreted as an attack on free speech. However, the attack on Charlie Hebdo was more than an attack on free speech; it was an attack on one of Europe's oldest traditions...

Four Free Speech Ideals That Came From the Charlie Hebdo Tragedy

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK
Laura Blumenthal

The tragic Charlie Hebdo massacre ignited a full and varied debate across the world on our free speech values, particularly what it means and its limitations. Below are some of the issues that came up and what we should remember...

Charlie Hebdo Won't Be On Sale At Bristol Uni, Might Violate 'Safe Space' Policy

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Controversial magazine Charlie Hebdo may have made its way across the Channel to newsagents in the UK, but it won't be on sale at Bristol University a...

Prosperity Can Save the World

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics
Joana Alfaiate

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama have come together to champion prosperity. The two leaders highlight the importance of economic growth - but they define prosperity as being also the rule of law, peace and freedom...

What Has Charlie Really Done for Free Speech?

Ian Middleton | Posted 15.01.2015 | 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.

I Am Not Brave Enough to 'Be Charlie'... And Neither Are You

Robert Sharp | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Sharp

#JeNeSuisPasCharlie. And - I'll bet - neither are you. But there are plenty of people out there who do exhibit the same bizarre tenacity. These atypicals may found in every culture and country - freedom of speech is not a value unique to France or the liberal western tradition.

Azerbaijan: Land of Fire? It Is for Some

Naomi Westland | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

The reluctance of foreign leaders to compromise their energy interests by speaking out on the crackdown in Azerbaijan provides the armour Baku needs to protect itself from criticism over how it treats its citizens.

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

Suraj Lakhani | Posted 13.01.2015 | 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.

Charlie Hebdo: French Comic Dieudonne Investigated For Facebook Post 'Defending Terrorism'

Huffington Post UK/ AP | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK

A French comic is under investigation after a controversial Facebook post in which he said: "I feel like Charlie Coulibaly." The post from Dieudonn...

The Freedom of Speech vs. the Responsibility of Freedom

Lucy Cooper | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Lucy Cooper

There are many arguments and opinions abuzz on the social media networks, some radical, many shocked and sad. I can only speak for the ones I am exposed to, but these seem to fall within two camps - The Freedom of Speech vs. The Responsibility of Freedom.

How Come Free Speech Comes With Responsiblity?

Lykke Scheel Lyons | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
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Lykke Scheel Lyons

While I agree that freedom of speech is a very important and highly treasured aspect of our, so-called, democracy, I do not understand why this term is mainly bandied about when the press offend people.

Free Speech Is the Lifeblood of Humanity Not Oil to the Flame

John Sargeant | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
John Sargeant

If publications reprint the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, it is not putting oil to the flame. The fundamentalists do that for themselves. Rather, we are showing that freely expressing our words and opinions are the lifeblood of humanity. They surge through us, they are a part of who we are.

Sony Hypocrisy: North Korea Vs Shane Dawson

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Laura Blumenthal

What people may not have heard is how Sony has pulled Shane Dawson's parody video of Taylor Swift's Blank Space song from YouTube. Shane Dawson is one of YouTube's biggest stars, he's been around for years and has over 6 million subscribers, and that's just on one of his channels. He's rude and crude, that's kinda his thing.

UKIP MP 'Banned' From Speaking At University As Students 'Didn't Feel Safe'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A petition to stop a UKIP MP from speaking on campus because students said they felt intimidated and degraded by the political party has been successf...

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

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.11.2014 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 18.01.2015 | 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 31.12.2014 | 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.