Free Speech

Tackling Online Hate Requires A Collaborative Approach

Shaukat Warraich | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Shaukat Warraich

The Home Affairs Select Committee's latest enquiry into social media companies has highlighted how much further there is still to go in effectively id...

Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

The right to free speech has become a contested and contentious issue in the arena of anti-hate activism. The pro free speech argument rests on the fa...

Milo Yiannopoulos, Free Speech And Glasgow University

Tara Fitzpatrick | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Tara Fitzpatrick

While universities across the world have adapted the language of 'safe spaces' and 'no platforming' for speakers with views deemed controversial, others have found their voices subsequently excluded from the debate.

Is Student Speech Stifled?

Joe Moore | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Moore

The ability to speak our mind is a much cherished freedom of the society in which we live, but one that I believe recent events at Lincoln University Union have suggested is sadly under threat. The recent brief suspension of Lincoln's Conservative Society simply for sharing an image from a study that suggested Lincoln University ranked as "very intolerant" on freedom of speech, appears to be illustrative of an endemic problem throughout many campuses.

Tommy Robinson Could Be Speaking At Your Campus If The Government Has Its Way

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Universities will be compelled to protect free speech on campus and in student unions under new government plans, it has been reported. According to ...

Free Speech On Campus - Glasgow University Rector Nominations

Harry Vizor | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Vizor

Rather than simply shouting about it and slandering the opponent, campaign against the view/nomination, debate against it, and most importantly vote against it. That's the only way to prove that the university as a whole doesn't want a hostile, flippant provocateur at the helm.

Protests Over Milo Yiannopoulos Being Nominated As Rector At Glasgow Show The Divide Still Between 'Free Speech' And 'Hate Speech'

April Wilson | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Wilson

I am not saying he shouldn't speak (though I wish he wouldn't); but there is a difference between giving a perspective and encouraging an attack on a group. For me that is the difference between hate speech and free speech.

At Some British Universities, Free Speech Comes at a Price.

Thomas Smith | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

University education must not be treated as a business through prioritizing the satisfaction of their students (perhaps 'customers' a more apposite term) over the formative learning experience that is the very essence of studying at university.

Drawing The Line Between Free Speech And Hate Speech

Tegan Marlow | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tegan Marlow

Nowadays its fairly standard to find that when something problematic occurs and people complain about it, there's almost always one person who says "but what about free speech?"

Fascism, Free Speech, And Why You Haven't Seen The Last Of Milo Yiannopoulos

Barnaby Papadopulos | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Barnaby Papadopulos

When Milo Yiannopoulos recovers from the weeks events, as I am sure he will, we must be ready and willing to confront him.

5 Lessons For Britain From Amnesty's Worrying Human Rights Report

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK

The “toxic rhetoric” and divisive policies being adopted by politicians are reminiscent of the 1930s, Amnesty International has warned in its annu...

I'm Bored Of Being Told Bigots Should Be Debated

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rhammel Afflick

We seem sold on the whole idea that freedom of speech means we are obliged to amplify hate and give bigots a platform. We don't owe bigots a platform. You are right, they're free to say what they want but giving them a platform to the detriment and regression of others is irresponsible... The latest scandal has seen alt-right professional troll, Milo Yiannopoulos, immersed in criticism for his latest statement on "cross-generational" sexual relationships between boys and older men. For some people, this has been the last straw, but many people are pointing out that the last straw should have been issued a long time ago. Yiannopoulos has a history of well documented bigoted behaviour that many have chosen to ignore.

Students Should Stand Up To The Safe Space Censors

Naomi Firsht | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Firsht

The pro-Safe Space brigade always give the same defence for their restrictive policies, claiming that implementing rules on what language is acceptable and how people should interact, allow greater freedom of expression for marginalised, oppressed groups. The argument that more censorship equates to greater free speech is nothing short of Orwellian.

A Staggering Number Of UK Universities Are Censoring The Free Speech Of Students

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A staggering 94% of UK universities censor their students, a study into free speech on campus has claimed. In its third annual report, online magazin...

The Twitterbot Effect

Tom Killeen | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Tech
Tom Killeen

It has been possible for several years, on most social network platforms, to purchase accounts with a specific intention of increasing follower counts or support for certain opinions. This doesn't have massive impact in the context of isolated cases. When Twitterbots begin to influence elections, brands and shares, the real threat becomes clear.

Stop Funding Hate: Free Speech Is For Everyone, Not Just For Newspaper Editors

Richard Wilson | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Richard Wilson

These campaigners did what they did because they knew it was right - not because they were being paid. We all have a right to speak our minds. This doesn't mean anyone is obliged to subsidise our opinions, or finance the dissemination of our views.

Students At Top Uni Ban Pro-Life Group... Because It 'Would Be A Barrier To Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students at one of Scotland’s top universities are embroiled in a free speech row after pro-life supporters were banned from setting up an official ...

Milo Yiannopoulos Has Just Been Banned From Speaking At His Former School

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A row over free speech has erupted after a talk by alt-right journalist Milo Yiannopoulos at his former secondary school was cancelled over fear of pr...

Offended? That's the Price of Freedom

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Andrew Copson

In 2008, the blasphemy laws were abolished in England and Wales. They protected the tender sympathies of the Anglican God against any insults whether ...

Brands Urged To Pull Advertising From Daily Mail Over Article 50 Front Page #StopFundingHate

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK

An online campaign is urging companies to cease advertising with the Daily Mail in response to its front page coverage on the successful legal challen...

In The Online War On Terror, How Do We Protect Digital Freedoms?

Philip Ellis | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

In a bid to stem the tide of digital radicalisation by terrorist groups such as Islamic State, the European Parliament has approved plans for new legislation which will allow rapid and widespread removal of extremist content from the internet. Digital rights activists are up in arms over the decision, which they fear will lead to private organisations policing and censoring internet users with impunity.

Safe Spaces And The 'Right' To Be Offended

Simon Sapper | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

I think you can't and shouldn't vaccinate or insulate yourself against being offended. But in these highly insecure times, you can't be surprised if people try. Safe spaces are surely a symptom more than anything else.

PMQs: Theresa May Calls Safe Spaces "Quite Extraordinary" Amid Free Speech Row

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Politics

At PMQs today Theresa May called safe spaces “extraordinary” and said universities should instead be places of “open debate”. “Everybody is ...

Politicising Empathy: On Safe Spaces, Mental Health, And Chicago

David Browne | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

One's measure of empathy and compassion - or one's presumptive mental health, for that matter - cannot and should not be judged on the basis of whether they agree with proliferating trigger warnings or politicised "safe space" saviourism.

Facebook, Feudalism, and Civil Rights for Memes?

Sam Harrison | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

Friday 2PM CST use this overlay on your profile pic This week, a worldwide, several-day protest was begun against a hated power whose unaccountable ...