Freedom of Speech

Warning - Your Privacy Is At Threat From a Legal Loophole

Jenny Afia | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Jenny Afia

When is a nation's border not a border? Should society accept our laws being broken in another country, if the product is consumed in our own? These...

Fake Transparency: The Trend Towards 'Secure Reading Rooms'

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

This is why as we marked the occasion of Right to Know Day, I joined the protest outside this latest reading room in Brussels. It is totally inappropriate for private companies to control transparency in this way and to put their profits ahead of our right to information. We need to put the "freedom" back into "freedom of information." so that we know how our health and environment might be impacted. As policy makers we have a right to verify or challenge findings and to work for the public good.

The Right to Know: Red Junco And The Roots Of Empowerment

Thomas Hughes | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Thomas Hughes

A woman in rural Mexico recently told my colleague, "We've always been told we don't have a voice, but that's not true. Since we began looking for inf...

Last Night I Had A Dream That You Were Free

Vanessa Berhe | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Berhe

Last night I had a dream that you were free. Together with your daughters, I stood with my two siblings in the front row and waited for you to come through a door. You fell to your knees the moment you stepped through that door, but your girls ran to pick you up and gave you the biggest embrace ever.

Why We Shouldn't Mourn Gawker, But Use It To Make The Internet A Safer Tomorrow

Jenny Afia | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Tech
Jenny Afia

The internet, like any publishing format, shouldn't be the Wild West of unsubstantiated gossip, with limited recourse from injured parties, especially when the people running sites like Gawker are making money.

A Muslim Woman's Beach "Fashion Faux Pas"

Nishaat Ismail | Posted 25.08.2016 | UK
Nishaat Ismail

This may seem like a frivolous debate to have amidst ravaging wars across the globe and unprecedented levels of political uncertainty in Britain and across Europe but lets no longer glaze our words with honey and accept that this policing of Muslim women's attire is symptomatic of an entrenched issue France has with Islam.

The Press Will Face a Day of Reckoning for Their Descent Into Madness

Jonathan Guy | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK
Jonathan Guy

I couldn't believe my ears. Driving along listening to BBC Radio 5 live late at night and Stephen Nolan was attacking Nigel Evans, just 48 hours after...

Petitions and the Curse of Crowdsplaining

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Petitions are one of the worst forms of 'crowdsplaining' and they really annoy me. I don't know whether they're so irksome because they're utterly useless, or because if they actually worked they'd be so detrimental to reasoned democracy.

EU Referendum - Both Sides Are Confused About Human Rights

Dr Michael Arnheim | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Dr Michael Arnheim

Leading voices in both camps in the EU referendum recognise that Human Rights law has been affected by "mission creep" in the interests of sometimes very dubious claims of individual human rights and against national security. "Brexiteers" blame the EU for this, while "Remainers" point the finger at the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg. Both are wrong.

University Chiefs 'Afraid To Voice Concerns' Over Prevent Anti-Terror Strategy

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

University bosses are accepting “counter-productive” anti-terror legislation in fear of being labelled extremist sympathisers by the media, a vice...

Even Jesus Christ Would Be Banned From Speaking At Universities, Oxford Professor Says

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Jesus Christ would be banned from speaking on university campuses were he alive today, a leading university professor has said. Professor Timothy Gart...

Why Do We Feel the Need to Silence Those We Disagree With?

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

Maybe it's because we like to feel that we're right. But if this is the case, we need to be careful that we don't end up eliminating democracy in the process. Since democracy relies on everyone's ability to challenge those in power. And how can we do that, if people are shamed into keeping their views to themselves?

No, Trigger Warnings Aren't Curtailing Your Freedom

Emma Yeomans | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Yeomans

Writers should always respect their readers. This can mean challenging people by writing about the most relevant and important stories, certainly, but it also means appreciating a reader's needs and struggles. When a single line can completely change someone's experience as a reader and prevent such great hurt, there is no real justification not to.

Some People Have More Equal Rights To Free Speech Than Others, NUS Says

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A leading National Union of Students officer has claimed "some people have more equal rights than others", during a heated debate around freedom of sp...

Students 'No-Platform' Boris Johnson Over 'Part-Kenyan' Obama Comments

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A student society at a top London university has disinvited Boris Johnson from attending an EU debate, citing concerns over his "disrespectful" rhetor...

This University Used 'Safe Space' To End A Student Occupation

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An occupation at an American university was brought to an early close after university managers argued the protest infringed worker's "safe space". Ac...

Here's Why The NUS Just Voted To 'Ban' Yik Yak

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has voted to heavily restrict anonymous messages on apps such as Yik Yak. Supporters of the decision, made on Tuesday a...

If I May Say So...

Jennifer Evans | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Evans

As a lesbian living in today's society freedom of speech is a tool I hold dear to my heart. In the UK the LGBTQ community, by law, has the luxury of freedom of speech; some of us are able to embrace it and use it for all its worth. Some of us are not so able to.

Europe: A Bastion of Moderate and Temperate Speech? No Thanks

Thomas Hughes | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Thomas Hughes

For Jan Böhmermann the German comedian at the centre of the current row, it's more than tricky. He faces three years imprisonment for insulting a Head of State, under paragraph 103 of the German Criminal Code.

Mary Beard Speaks Out About 'Dishonest' Safe Spaces At University

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Cambridge scholar Mary Beard has lambasted 'safe space' policy at universities as "fundamentally dishonest". In a broadside to policies which aim to p...

Christian Evangelism: Should the Law Now Intervene?

Benjamin Chang | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Benjamin Chang

Over the past month, there has been a series of independent but bizarrely similar news stories regarding the castigation of evangelical Christians in the UK, for advocating the belief in their religion. Each incident has involved a self- professed Christian attempting to convert or discuss their religion with a friend or relative, and each has culminated in a court ruling and/or appeal.

Stephen Fry Apologises 'Unreservedly' For Sexual Abuse Comments

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Stephen Fry has apologised unreservedly for likening opponents of free speech on university campuses to "self-pitying" sexual abuse victims. The 58-ye...

Piers Morgan Says He's 'Worried' About Stephen Fry As Charity Responds

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Stephen Fry faces growing criticism following his controversial comments about the survivors of sexual abuse. UPDATE: Stephen Fry apologises for sexu...

Stephen Fry Faces Backlash After 'Appalling' Sexual Abuse Comments

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Stephen Fry has faced a fierce backlash after likening opponents of free speech on university campuses to "self-pitying" sexual abuse victims. The 58-...

Safe Spaces Are Not Demanding Very Much

Imogen Wilson | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Wilson

Common sense and free speech ultimately prevailed, and what happened to me was a glitch in an otherwise important, inclusive and functional policy. I'm not afraid to stand up to the tweeter who claimed I was worse than Putin and Assad combined, and I certainly won't apologise for defending discrimination-free spaces.