Freedom of Expression.

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

David Mooney | Posted 16.02.2015 | 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 16.02.2015 | 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 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.

Should Freedom of Expression Have Limits?

Farooq Aftab | Posted 20.01.2015 | 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 19.01.2015 | 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 15.01.2015 | 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 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.

Social Media and Freedom of Speech: Why #JeSuisCharlie

Liam Beattie | Posted 14.01.2015 | 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 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.

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

Varun Bhanot | Posted 13.01.2015 | 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 09.01.2015 | 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 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.

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

One Young World | Posted 08.01.2015 | 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...

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.