Freedom of Expression

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.

The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship

Thomas Hughes | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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.

Own Goal: How Brazil Is Stifling the Right to Protest

Thomas Hughes | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Sport
Thomas Hughes

Article 19 is calling on the Brazilian government to ensure the right to protest and freedom of expression is protected, by introducing a new law to regulate the use of police force during demonstrations, which should follow five principles, according to UN standards: legality, necessity, proportionality, moderation and convenience.

A Voice of Hope for India's Unprivileged

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

MUMBAI -- Popular narratives about India typically divide the country into two neat halves. An aspirational urban middle class, whose command of English has seen the country surge as an IT superpower, and a wretched underclass, living in poverty, in remote rural expanses, cut-off from the very technologies that has India making the headlines from Bangalore to the Bay Area.

Return of Blasphemy in Britain?

Rumy Hasan | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rumy Hasan

Prior to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, it was good see an array of global authors protesting against Russia's blasphemy laws but it is important to note that the danger of blasphemy remains in Britain...

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...

It's Time to Stick Our Necks Out for Maajid Nawaz and Freedom of Speech

Benedict Rogers | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Almost every day, among my friends, on the streets or tubes, or on television, I hear someone take the name of Jesus Christ in vain, turning his name into a swear word. I don't like it. I'd rather they didn't do it. But do I threaten to cut their heads off, or even stage an angry demonstration or organise a petition? Of course not.

The Nasty Party: Israel's Nazi Name-Calling Law and Its Benefits to Free Speech

Gabriel Webber | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Anything that forces people to think twice before resorting to the laziest, least free form of 'free' speech that is the default knee-jerk Nazi comparison has to be a positive innovation. A properly-legislated version of Godwin's Law would only give more power to humanity's exercise of freedom of expression.

Do Not Just Ban Blurred Lines

Alex Yeates | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Yeates

By not completely banning the song Bristol have enabled the message of anti-rape campaigners to be vocalised in a way that would not have been able if it were never mentioned or played again. Even though there is still a case to allow the original song in addition to the parodies, it is a better solution.

Is it British to Ban the Face Veil?

Sajda Khan | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sajda Khan

Why has Britain become so obsessed with an item of clothing known as the niqab worn by a minority of women? In the last few weeks there has been an influx of media commentaries and heightened discourse on this issue.

Azerbaijan's Pre-Election Crackdown on Dissent: Why I'm Taking It Personally

Ruth Dawson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ruth Dawson

When I was 17, I was arrested while peacefully participating in a protest. So when I heard that 17-year-old Azerbaijani activist Shahin Novruzlu had been arrested, it really struck a chord with me. But the similarities start and end there...

Blocked! Pornography, The Filter and Me

Pat Higgins | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Pat Higgins

It seems that Fortiguard aren't just in the business of keeping vulnerable eyes away from explicit sexual content and blogs about independent filmmaking. Their website describes the alternative beliefs category as blocking "Websites that provide information about or promote religions not specified in Traditional Religions or other unconventional, cultic, or folkloric beliefs and practices". Make of that what you will.

From a Size 20 to a Size 10 - Weight Loss That Works

Sarah Cloutier | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Cloutier

Now as it feels my body is finally settling into its natural weight, at 45 years old I can truthfully say that I don't fear food anymore and what it might do to me. The power of weight loss that works has its foundation now and even though there is lots of temptation out there, I will stay true to me, and that's a promise!

Pussy Riot's 2012 Overture: A Year on From the Cathedral Stunt

Neil Durkin | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A year later it all seems quite surreal. Did it really happen? Did the authorities seek the arrest of the Pussy Riot women and actually put three of them on trial charged with the serious offence of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", a crime carrying a possible seven-year jail sentence? And were they really jailed? Sadly, of course, the answer is a triple yes.

Equality (Marriage) (Amendment) Bill Should Not and Will Not Succeed

Keith Porteous Wood | Posted 02.04.2013 | UK Politics
Keith Porteous Wood

If there were to be a provision about protection of those expressing views on marriage, which I oppose, there would be more justification for it to be in the opposite direction - to give protection to those opposing the limiting of marriage to opposite sex couples.

'I Believe It Must Be Implemented In Full'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK

The man who won libel damages after his arrest over the murder of a woman has penned a letter to MPs asking them to support the Leveson recommendation...

Compulsory Leveson Reform 'Could Breach Human Rights'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK

A key adviser to Lord Justice Leveson claims his last resort option for compulsory press reform would be illegal as it would "coerce" newspapers into ...

Leveson: What Will the Report Mean to UK's Journalism Industry?

Rima Amin | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK
Rima Amin

Anticipation is growing among journalists, lawyers and regulators to what Lord Leveson will recommend to revive media ethics within the damaged reputation of the British press. The Leveson Inquiry has been ongoing since July 2011 and the report is due this Thursday.

What Does Free Expression Mean To You?

Kirsty Hughes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Kirsty Hughes

With recent prosecutions in the UK of 'offensive' speech - bad taste jokes on twitter or facebook, and offensive anti-police messages on a t-shirt - perhaps our freedom is starting to fray at the edges.

Boost to Freedom of Expression in the UK - London Set to Lose Its Label as Global Capital for Libel Tourism?

Kirsty Hughes | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Politics
Kirsty Hughes

Our libel laws affect what we can write, what we read, what we discuss - online and offline. The Queen's Speech on 9 May may, just, strike a blow for freedom of expression that will benefit authors, researchers, journalists, bloggers and others, not only in the UK but around the world.

Homophobic Speakers on Campus Highlight Importance of Challenging Intolerance

Rupert Sutton | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rupert Sutton

The debate that surrounds the issue of extremism on university campuses is one which is frequently framed in political language, examining the dangers of Islamist radicalisation or the influence of the Far-Right. Challenging the spread of homophobia by religious speakers is something which often receives less attention, yet is an equally prevalent problem.

The Story is Bigger Than War Correspondents

Thomas Probert | Posted 11.05.2012 | UK
Thomas Probert

Marie Colvin's death has highlighted the dangers facing journalists in armed conflict, but the threats to journalists worldwide are much broader.

So You Think Fashion Is For Fools...

Emily Johnston | Posted 22.09.2011 | UK Style
Emily Johnston

One of my friends smirked and commented, "Emily plays the vital role in pointing out when one of us commits a fashion disaster." We all laughed. I laughed so hard I almost spilled red wine all over my new crisp white Ralph Lauren shirt dress. But then I said something that has stuck with me since the words left my lips. "Actually, guys, my job's just as important as any one of yours."