Freedom of Expression.

'Draw the Line Here' Mocks the Men in Masks

Robert Sharp | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Robert Sharp

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect to this book, therefore, is that the contributors have used their own freedom of expression to defend the free speech rights of others. It is a positive and creative response to a moment of destruction, and should give us cause for hope.

Hacktivism to Balaclava Punk: Protest Must Be Protected in All Its Forms

Thomas Hughes | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

Protest is increasingly going digital. Whether it is using the internet to organise and report physical acts of protest, using online space as a platform on which to take action, or targeting online infrastructure itself: across the world, people are taking their right to protest online.

No, Ambassador: It's Not 'Meddling' to Call for Free Speech in Saudi Arabia

Robert Sharp | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Robert Sharp

As the Badawi case has shown, dissent in Saudi Arabia, as in many countries in the Middle East, is brutally suppressed. Yet Saudi Arabia is in fact a signatory to the Arab Charter on Human Rights in 2009, a document that guarantees the right to freedom of expression. Campaigners are asking Saudi Arabia to adhere to the standards it has set for itself.

If Debate Is Silenced We Risk More Violence in the Name of Religion

Thomas Hughes | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

States must do more than simply say the right things at the UN; agreeing to Resolution 16/18 is one thing, but the test will be whether it is followed up with action to protect freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief for all people.

Azerbaijan, the Russian Linesman and Other Dodgy Sporting Decisions

Naomi Westland | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Naomi Westland

The glitz and glamour of a major sports event are all very well, but not when they are used as an attempt to launder a tarnished image to the world. Amnesty is calling for all Azerbaijan's prisoners of conscience to be released immediately and unconditionally.

Satire in 2015: Any Room for Outsiders?

Katy Gregory | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Katy Gregory

Freedom of speech, that most elusive subject. Lately it has been a very contentious topic. The murders of Charlie Hebdo journalists, as well as other...

Freedom of Speech: The Right NOT to Say Whatever You Like

David Mooney | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
David Mooney

You aren't being censored. The times when freedom of speech is restricted are remarkably rare and they exist for the greater good, rather than to stop you insulting whoever you like. It's probably correct that the police get involved when someone tries to post bacon through the door of a mosque, even if they claim to be exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Is Everyone an Artist?

Elena Barbiero | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elena Barbiero

The mere act of creating, designing and putting something on paper is incredibly complex. You touch emotions, you practice fine motor skills, planning, imagination. Some amatuer artists produce incredibly accomplished pieces, but that's not the point really. Scribbles can and do have the same dignity and importance.

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

Robert Sharp | Posted 23.03.2015 | 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.

Should Freedom of Expression Have Limits?

Farooq Aftab | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK
Farooq Aftab

In light of the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the debate on freedom of expression has once again come to the fore. It is claimed that Muslims are being overly sensitive and overreacting when it comes to the reprinting of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)...

Why Aren't UK Ministers Manning the Free Speech Barricades for Raif Badawi?

Kate Allen | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

So take that Riyadh: we're going to continue having a close dialogue with you. Messrs Cameron and Ellwood have only spoken on Badawi's plight when asked. There have been no big ministerial statements, no press releases, no primetime media interviews, and no carpeting for the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the UK, Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Once again, it seems that ministers are content to wear the Saudi muzzle... As the UK government knows full well (not least because Amnesty International regularly tells it so), Saudi Arabia's human rights record is a roll-call of shame.

Charlie Hebdo: The Rallying Cry for Free Speech Is Noble, but Hypocritical

Alexandra Chaloux | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Alexandra Chaloux

I would invite those who are invoking the sanctity of free speech and freedom of self expression in response to the shootings in Paris to consider a few things...

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

Robert Sharp | Posted 16.03.2015 | 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.

Social Media and Freedom of Speech: Why #JeSuisCharlie

Liam Beattie | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Tech
Liam Beattie

The debate around freedom of speech has now become a fundamental issue when it comes to our online communication.

Azerbaijan: Land of Fire? It Is for Some

Naomi Westland | Posted 15.03.2015 | 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.

Do We Have a Right Not to Be Offended in Our Religious Beliefs?

Varun Bhanot | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK
Varun Bhanot

The attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have once again thrust open the freedom of expression versus freedom of religion debate in our society. Where does one freedom end and the other begin? And perhaps more crucially, should this latest attack force us to reconsider our limits?

Charlie Hebdo: The Rallying Cry for Free Speech Is Noble, but Hypocritical

Alexandra Chaloux | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Alexandra Chaloux

I would invite those who are invoking the sanctity of free speech and freedom of self expression in response to the shootings in Paris to consider a few things...

The Freedom of Speech vs. the Responsibility of Freedom

Lucy Cooper | Posted 10.03.2015 | 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.

In the Name of Freedom, We Say 'Charlie'!

One Young World | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK
One Young World

Today, we are neither left nor right, we are French. Leaving aside partisan divisions and more than ever we advocate for national unity.

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.

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...