Freedom of Speech

Turkey's Transgender Community Finds New Voice

Jody Sabral | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Jody Sabral

While it seems Turkey's LGBT community have a long way to go to ensure legal recognition and protection, Michelle's new role in the media is a courageous new front in the fight for equality.

Clampdown on Free Speech in Russia Might Be Temporary

Marina Kim | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Marina Kim

When the fuss about Crimea dies down, the grip on the freedom of speech must lessen, and the self-imposed iron curtain must go up. I might be in the minority but I am optimistic that it is going to happen.

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...

Reflections on PantiGate

Aaron Vallely | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Vallely

If anyone condemns any of my gay friends, or any person whom has a same sex preference, for their nature, that means that they are being discriminated against because not for what they do, but because of who they are. This is disgraceful. This is prejudicial. This is immoral. This is unacceptable.

To Take Offence Is to Attribute Meaning and Merit

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

The Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz and Director of Quilliam, the world's first counter-extremism think tank triggered a progeny of controversy on the social media giant, Twitter, after sharing a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad alongside the caption, "This is not offensive and I'm sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it."

The Limits of Free Speech on Campus

Jonathan Hunter | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Hunter

No-platform policies are not a form of Orewellian censorship - they are a reasonable concept encouraging self-regulation. Rather than 'banning' individuals outright, we as students must place significant pressure on the relevant authorities to withhold the right of certain individuals to speak at certain times on campus.

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 Decline and Fall of Egyptian Democracy

James Snell | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The fall of Morsi was a blow to those who wanted a stable and free Egypt, that's for certain, but there was a certain pleasure to be gained from watching the army - an institution viewed with distrust by a large number of the population for its support of Mubarak - stepping in to safeguard the future of democracy in the country. Personally, I was ecstatic, stupidly so.

Lucy Sherriff

Topless Protest Planned Against 'Forced' Gender Segregation Guidelines | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Topless protesters will gather together on Tuesday to demonstrate against "forced" gender segregation at universities, following a controversial repor...

Lucy Sherriff

University Hides Critical Student Newspapers In Time For Open Day.. | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A university removed student newspapers from corridors in time for an open day because the front page criticised the institution's job cuts and it did...

She Is Afghanistan's First Street Artist, and She Might Actually Change Our Views

Erik B. Duckert | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Erik B. Duckert

Shamsia Hassani: a young woman and the first street artist ever to emerge from the exhausted streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. Only 25 years old and teaches drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University, her story just might challenge your views on graffiti - and on Afghan women.

Lucy Sherriff

Student Reported To Police For Criticising School In His Blog | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A headteacher reported one of his students to the police and rang up the pupil's prospective university to warn of his "anarchic" behaviour after the ...

WATCH: Advert Criticising Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia Banned

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK

Australian TV networks have refused to play an advert criticising Rupert Murdoch's News Corp Australia. An Australian activist group is lodging a c...

'A Chilling Effect On Freedom Of Expression'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Charities have blasted the government's 'damaging' new lobbying bill, saying it could have a "chilling effect on freedom of expression." Talks with...

Piss-Poor - The Russian Authorities' Understanding of Pussy Riot

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

One of the last times I posted something on Pussy Riot I was waxing lyrical (literally) on what I saw as the underlying radicalism of Pussy Riot's situationist-style art-cum-music stunts. I reckon it's pointless looking at them as "political musicians", still less as a musicians trying to carve out a career in the music industry.

Charities Should Not Be Gagged - Government Should Withdraw Its Gagging Bill

John Tizard | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

It is clear to me that charities and other campaign organisations will be muzzled by the current draft of the Government's 'Transparency of Lobbying, non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill'.

The Russian Question: Why?

Patrick Cash | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Patrick Cash

Gay Prides and demonstrations organised against the law in Moscow and beyond have resulted in alarming pictures of violence and brutality, which have gone viral across the internet.

University Bans Students From Protesting

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The UK's largest university has banned students from protesting - and has threatened legal action if students do not comply. SEE ALSO: University ...

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.

Freedom of Speech Is Not Freedom to Spin

The Conversation UK | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Free speech does not imply the freedom to mislead. We want our media to be free, but also honest and reliable.

The Right to Protest... Naked

Agnes Callamard | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Agnes Callamard

For the last year throughout the Middle East (and beyond) debate has raged as to whether topless protests constitute a valid form of protest and whether actions like this do more harm than good, by reinforcing rather than weakening conservative forces. Let's me be very clear about this. These actions are a legitimate form of protest.

Nick Clegg: Banning Extremists From TV Would Make Them 'Heroes'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Politics

Banning extremists from television would only and increase their influence, Nick Clegg has said. "If you try and brush people under the carpet what...

Am I Rite?

Claudia White | Posted 25.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Claudia White

As AmIRite's audience grows, which it inevitably will, it will be interesting to see how useful the opinion rating function will become to marketers. AmIRite is like having a focus group of the whole world, where every single person's opinion is given equal weight and taken into consideration.

It Is Deeply Offensive to Women to Suggest They Can Be 'Harassed' by Lads' Mags

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 27.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Brendan O'Neill

According to 14 lawyers specialising in equality law, supermarkets that sell lads' mags such as Nuts and Zoo could potentially be sued under sexual discrimination laws, on the basis that displaying such saucy material in workplaces possibly constitutes "sexual harassment under the Equality Act 2010"... Apparently such magazines are "deeply harmful to women", and therefore shops that stock them run the risk of being done for discriminating against or even harassing their female shoppers. There's so much wrong with this campaign it's hard to know where to start.

Twitter Will Damn Your Soul, Warns Saudi Religious Police Boss

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK

The head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police has condemned Twitter and all those who use it. Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said a Saudi...