Freedom of Speech

Comedy - Censorship vs Accountability and Freedom of Speech

Dana Alexander | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Comedy
Dana Alexander

Amy Schumer isn't the only Comedian who has recently come under fire for what was deemed inappropriate. Jerry Seinfeld, Trevor Noah and Stewart Lee are amongst of multitude of Comedians that have had objections raised by the Twitterazzi in reaction to their material recently. The real question is, "Who gets to draw the line?"

The Right to Be Heard: Why 'Public Space Protection Orders' Should Really be 'Rethunk'

Najite Phoenix | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Najite Phoenix

Regardless of the outcome, beyond this individual issue, we need to get to grips with the importance of creating a society that nurtures the growth of critical thinkers, so that these types of poorly considered decisions are safely kept at bay!

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.

Less Expletives and More Ideas: How Protests Could Be a Little More Democratic

Charley Bendall | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charley Bendall

It only takes one riled individual setting fire to something they shouldn't to tarnish the entire group. Appearing on the news that night, their cause is lost in a story about out-of-control rebels in violent disarray. If you are that individual, it's simple: leave the spray paint, the petrol and the expletive laden placards at home, and come up with something more purposeful to chant.

I Hate What Katie Did So Here's a Quid...

Jill Finch | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Jill Finch

I'm a parent of a daughter on the autistic spectrum and I've been through the agonies of being stared at, feeling completely alone, being called a bad parent and the terrible guilty relief of a diagnosis...

Ignorance Is Not Strength: We Need to Stop Being Scared of Debate

Charlie Simpson | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Simpson

There is a growing problem in politics today. In both the left and the right there are those so self-righteous they will either refuse to engage in debate or try and prevent you from doing so. Often these are important causes that get hijacked by this oppressive minority.

David Cameron Will Fast-Track Controversial Radicalisation Crackdown

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics

Just days after kissing goodbye to the Lib Dem coalition and forming the first all-Tory government since 1992, David Cameron will today announce contr...

The House Believes in the Unconditional Right to Offend

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

So the free speech debate is really a balancing act. We need to consider our different values as they come into conflict, and then make a decision about which ones we think we should privilege. It many cases freedom will trump. In others, it should not.

Katie Hopkins Is a Cancer on Society That We Now Need to Address

David Mooney | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
David Mooney

I begin with a question. How far up your own arse do you need to be in order to regularly demonise groups of people just to preserve your own position...

Trigger Warnings: We Must Not Be Too Quick on the Trigger

James Snell | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
James Snell

Four salient reasons to resist the rise of trigger warnings in higher education and general usage. For the sake of resisting censorship by stealth, for the sake of artistic integrity, for the sake of maintaining serious intellectual openness in higher education, and for the sake of those suffering from trauma themselves, I beg you - don't get too trigger-happy.

India's Police Will Use Pepper-Spraying Drones

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Tech

The Lucknow Police force has confirmed that it will be introducing a number of drones equipped with pepper spray as a 'safer' alternative to current c...

Is This the Most Dangerous Banner in Britain?

Daniel Brett | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Millions were wringing their hands this week in anxiety over the fate of BBC motormouth Jeremy Clarkson. Meanwhile, on the streets of East London on Thursday night the police were cracking down on Class War's sweary summing up of popular sentiment towards our political leaders, to complete indifference of the media.

Truth in Journalism - The Forgotten Art?

Dragana Brown | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Dragana Brown

The entire press industry seems to be founded and carried out upon a contaminated money making, ego drilling field where journalists who do see better get ensnared in the pressure to oblige their editors and proprietors.

The Freedom of Speech

Dr Ion Jinga | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Dr Ion Jinga

I am a great supporter of this fundamental principle of democracy and I expect it is exercised in good faith and without deliberately distorting the obvious truth. An article published on 8 March by the Daily Mail, with the title "Romanian fury over Channel 4 documentary as their MPs ask: What if we made a programme saying all Brits were alcoholics and paedophiles?" doesn't make me question the principle, but the author's good faith and respect for the truth.

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...

The Religious Right to Blaspheme

Jonathan Romain | Posted 29.04.2015 | 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 26.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 21.04.2015 | 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 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.

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 21.03.2015 | 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 28.03.2015 | 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 21.03.2015 | 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 22.03.2015 | 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.