Freedom of Speech

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...

Why I'm Organising a 'Je Suis Charlie' Candlelit vigil

Ben Hansen Hicks | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Ben Hansen Hicks

Freedom of speech. We have, in the Western world, had this right since the dawn of time. Freedom to challenge, freedom to speak out. The Charlie H...

After Charlie Hebdo, Is It 'Time For Ukip'? This Candidate Thinks So

The Huffington Post UK | Kumail Jaffer | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics

One of Ukip's most prominent candidates has caused a social media stir by suggesting that the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack means that it is "time fo...

Why the Pen Will Always Remain Mightier Than the Sword

BritChick Paris | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
BritChick Paris

The 12 people that died this week were not just heroes, they were martyrs. They gave up their lives in the name of freedom of speech. It is for this reason that 7 January must be remembered as a day of enlightenment once the pain and grief ebb away.

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...

Charlie Hebdo and the One Who Thinks Differently

Robin Jones | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Jones

Yesterday was a national day of mourning here in France, marked by a moment's silence at noon. In Place de la République this was observed by a group of many hundreds, holding hands in the rain, forming a ring around the square's central monument.

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.