Freedom of Speech

The Religious Right to Blaspheme

Jonathan Romain | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Jonathan Romain

Religious satire causes offence, but it is one person's right to express their view and another person's right to express that they are offended. Sadly, there are plenty of religious targets that are worth hitting - from paedophile priests to bloodthirsty imams to rogue rabbis.

Are Freedom of Speech and Freedom Mutually Exclusive?

Robyn Harris | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Robyn Harris

The problem with the freedom of speech debate is not only that those who advocate it co-opt it for negative use, or that those who use it think that exercising freedom of speech and being deserving of being listened to are mutually exclusive, but is that invective and hateful language is moulded into common vernacular with the play of society's very own Get Out of Jail Free card.

Five Rules on Satire

Jacob Turner | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Jacob Turner

These rules aren't instructions on how to be funny. They certainly won't stop anyone taking offence. These rules are, however, a statement of what I hope is a reasonably clear moral position which preserves the right to criticise and caricature in such a way that the ideals of a liberal society are still upheld.

My Speech in Copenhagen Was Interrupted by Kalashnikov: Liberals Have to Win This Fight!

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Inna Shevchenko

People like cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo, Raif Badawi and many others of us become targets. They are too visible amongst others who prefer not to publish cartoons, not to speak, not to write, not to protest.

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.

Security Guard Appears To Threaten London Students, Saying 'Let's Meet Outside - I Kill You'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A security guard at one of Britain's top universities for journalism has been caught on film seemingly threatening to kill a reporter from a student n...

Political Correctness: Je Suis Comedy

Stephen Hamilton | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hamilton

Some of us, especially stand-up comedians, can oftentimes find ourselves submerged in puddles as we wade through our sets in dark underground basements just trying to make sense of the world. And using language we believe to know well.

We Should Get Off Our Knees and Tell the Saudis Some Home Truths on Human Rights

Kate Allen | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Kate Allen

Whether or not David Cameron and Prince Charles needed to make the geo-political pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia is probably not for me to say, but there's no question that the backdrop to their visit is striking.

Raif Badawi and Charlie Hebdo: Bullets and the Cane Can't Destroy Freedom of Speech

Sophia Eribo | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Sophia Eribo

I believe that free speech and violence never belong in the same arena - even if you are fighting for that freedom.

Why Page 3 and Charlie Hebdo Are Not the Same

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK
Sam Fowles

Platform is valuable commodity and the supply of privileged platforms far outstrips demand. This is precisely because very few people have the former while almost everyone has, at some point, availed themselves of one of the latter.

Counter Terrorism Bill Is Counter to Our Liberties

Nona Buckley-Irvine | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nona Buckley-Irvine

We're about to live in a 1984-style, Orwellian state. Well, we're already halfway there, but the latest counter-terrorism legislation being pushed through Parliament will truly certify our status as the most surveilled country in Europe.

Why Are Muslims Angry?

Abdul Hussain | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Abdul Hussain

Pushing Muslims into a corner will only result in growing feelings of 'Us' against 'Them', intensified Islamophobia after 9/11 saw increased recruitment for extremist groups as angst reached a tipping point.

George Galloway Uses Freedom Of Speech Rally To Slam 'Racist' Charlie Hebdo

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

Footage has emerged showing firebrand MP George Galloway condemning the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for producing “pornographic, obscene insult...

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)...

Je Suis Hypocrisie? Dieudonne Arrested Following Facebook Post

Rebeca Moss | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rebeca Moss

When it comes to Dieudonné, however unpalatable his views are, let's recognise his right to express them.

Hypocrisy of Free Speech: Made by the Powerful, for the Powerful, against the Powerless

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

There is no justification for murdering journalists or satirists. No degree of offence legitimises the use of violence. The deaths of the journalists should be mourned for that particular reason, but no more so than the two officers or the maintenance man who were also killed in the tragic shootings..

Europe Must Stand for Freedom of Opinion and Rule of Law

Paulo Casaca | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics
Paulo Casaca

The freedom to express critical opinions and most in particular to express them as caricatures stands at the heart of our concept of free society. As in any other of our basic freedoms, there are limits to freedom of expression.

Should All Muslims Be Held Responsible For The Charlie Hebdo Attack?

Becky Hopper | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Becky Hopper

In light of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, the issue of freedom of speech has arisen; whether or not there should be guidelines, especially in regards to religion - the question is: Should our freedom of speech ever be restricted?

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...

Je Ne Suis Pas Mental - The Difference Between Freedom of Speech and Stigma

Rebecca Walton | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Walton

With so much talk in the news recently about freedom of speech, it really got me thinking. If everyone should be entitled to free speech why do I get so wound up if someone calls me mental? Or bat sh*t crazy? Or a head case?

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.

Paris Attacks - Let's Talk About the 'War on Terror'

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Hamza Hamouchene

We urgently need to understand why this violence is happening and keeps recurring and to do so is neither a justification for any crime nor an apology of violence.

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?

'Being Charlie Hebdo' Demands a World Worthy of Free Speech

Abhaey Singh | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Abhaey Singh

Nothing will or can ever validate the actions of those who effected this unforgivable massacre, and the elimination of terror must be realised, without concession. BUT - if attenuating bloodshed and trauma for entire nations matters, it may also be best not to mindlessly encourage anyone else to 'be Charlie'.

Je Ne Suis Pas Un Vrai Charlie

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

A quick challenge. Imagine, for a moment, that a satirical magazine like Charlie Hebdo had been based in Saudi Arabia. Having trouble? Me too, because it's unimaginable...