Freedom of Speech

We Must Protect Freedom of Speech, But Not at the Cost of Student Safety

Richard Brooks | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Brooks

Of course we must protect freedom of speech. But this should not be at the expense of students' wellbeing and safety, and it should never mean an open invite to those who do not believe in democracy itself.

2015: When the State Met the Social Media Company

Alex Krasodomski-Jones | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Krasodomski-Jones

Illegal guns and child pornography are bought and sold. Terror groups are using Facebook to radicalise young people in their bedrooms. Islamic State propaganda is splattered across the internet in greater quantities and in plainer sight than ever. Why isn't Twitter capable of getting rid of this stuff? Social media companies should be doing more!

The Petition to Ban Donald Trump Is Wrong

Fionn Shiner | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Fionn Shiner

Don't shriek, don't wail, don't be scared. Instead, let people like Mr Trump say their piece, safe in the knowledge that your superior intellect and argumentation will win out in the end. Because I genuinely believe it will.

Lucy Sherriff

'Thailand's Nanny State Needs To End,' Warn Country's Young Leaders

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Thailand’s “nanny state” needs to come to an end, the country’s young leaders have urged, as they warn of protesting youths being taken off th...

The Campus Censors Are More Dangerous Than You Think

Alan Grant | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Heavyweight feminist intellectual Germaine Greer has recently attracted the ire of the Thought Police for her comments about transgender people. At ti...

Platforms and Privilege: The Price of Freedom of Speech

Charlotte Chorley | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Chorley

The controversy surrounding Assange is complex, and whilst his retreat is not to be held as conclusive evidence that he is a rapist, his refusal to return to Sweden, for whatever reason, is certainly ironic when he is speaking at an institution that prides itself on the promotion of free speech. His self-imposed imprisonment represents a denial of exactly that.

Charlie Hebdo's Take On Aylan Kurdi's Death Kicks Off New Freedom Of Speech Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK

WARNING: This report contains some images readers may find distressing. French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has reportedly published its own c...

Anti-Terror Laws Should Be Used On Teachers Who Oppose Gay Marriage, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK

Laws designed to clamp down on hate preachers should be used against Christian teachers who tell schoolchildren same-sex marriage is wrong, a Conserva...

Egyptian Students Are Spending Ramadan Behind Bars For Speaking Out Against The Government

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Gough | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of Egyptian students are spending Ramadan in prison for "expressing their opinions". Egyptian media reports suggest that students have be...

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.