Freedom of Speech

Just Words, Or Freedom At Risk?

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away" Let's hope that this is the first, last, and only time that I ever quote the lyr...

1,000 Lashes For Raif Badawi

Ravinder Randhawa | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Ravinder Randhawa

Five years ago, on 17th June 2012 Raif Badawi was arrested by the Saudi Arabian authorities, for allegedly "insulting Islam through electronic channels". Raif had taken to his keyboard and set up a liberal website. An action which would have gone completely unremarked in this country and many others.

Facebook Files: Does Content Have A Right To Express Itself?

Matt Barnard | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Tech
Matt Barnard

The cause of Facebook is to capture content and distribute it, regardless of what that content is, because the mindset of technology says that we must make everything as available and usable as possible.

Is Student Speech Stifled?

Joe Moore | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Moore

The ability to speak our mind is a much cherished freedom of the society in which we live, but one that I believe recent events at Lincoln University Union have suggested is sadly under threat. The recent brief suspension of Lincoln's Conservative Society simply for sharing an image from a study that suggested Lincoln University ranked as "very intolerant" on freedom of speech, appears to be illustrative of an endemic problem throughout many campuses.

Post-truth: What Are The Legal Implications?

Robert Conway | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics
Robert Conway

In December 2016, the Met's anti-cyber crime unit arrested a 55 year-old man on suspicion of "racially aggravated malicious communications" aimed at G...

Youth Involvement In Politics Is More Important Than Ever

Andrew Hedges | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Hedges

I was extremely excited to find out I had the opportunity to speak at the House of Lords because it is a place of such great historical significance and has a massive role to play in the scrutiny of government. I have previously visited the Houses of Parliament but it is such an interesting and amazing place that I could never turn down a trip again.

If We Are To Defeat The Trump Ideology, We Must Understand What 'Freedom' Really Means

Damir Rafi | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Damir Rafi

When British gymnast Louis Smith was seen mocking Islam in a video, he was sent death threats by those who took offence at his behaviour. When he made...

Trump And Clinton - America's Socio-Cultural Schizophrenia

Tony Sobrado | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Sobrado

The United States of America is a vast country. It is inhabited by over three hundred million people and it's arguably the most diverse country on ear...

Liberty: In Name Only

Jacob Daniels | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Daniels

Freedom of speech and freedom of expression, these are things that we take for granted here in the UK. However, upon closer inspection the façade of ...

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 22.09.2017 | 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 26.08.2017 | 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 25.08.2017 | 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 13.08.2017 | 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 29.06.2017 | 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 19.06.2017 | 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 07.05.2017 | 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 06.05.2017 | 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...