Hate Speech

Assessing the UK Government's Plan for Tackling Hate Crime in the Wake of the Japan Knife Attack

Dr. Alexander Brown | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Dr. Alexander Brown

On Tuesday, 26 July, the government published its long awaited plan for addressing the problem of hate crime, Action Against Hate: The UK Government's Plan for Tackling Hate Crime. And, once again, disability hate speech has been put to the back of queue.

Why Are We Tolerating This Language From An MP? Sorry Will Not Do.

Shazia Awan | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Shazia Awan

At a time when I have personally been urging members of the public to report unpleasant and offensive post-Brexit rhetoric to the police - with the racial hatred and xenophobia spreading across the UK, hearing these words normalised by a elected Member of Parliament is truly is a disaster for community cohesion in all parts of Britain.

Political Experiments, Divisive Narratives: How Brexit Jolted Memories of Soviet Collapse

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

The morning after the UK referendum, on 24 June, I woke up feeling a strong sense of déjà-vu: that I had seen and gone through it all before, around...

Let's Fight Hate With Compassion, Not With More Hate.

Jonathan Young | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

I had barely heard of Jo Cox when the news emerged of her death last Thursday. But watching the tributes pour in, I felt a deep sense of loss. The l...

Cleric Who Made Gay Death Sentence Comments Leaves Australia Before Visa Cancelled

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK

An Islamic cleric who reportedly claimed that “death is the sentence” for gay sex acts in public has left Australia before his visa was cancelled....

To Young People Consumed By Orlando: Let It Inspire Hope, Not Fear

Jamie Wareham | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Wareham

For many young people, Orlando will be the largest attack on LGBT people that has happened in their lifetime. It certainly is for me. As with many, I may have been alive in 1999 when the gay bar in London the Admiral Duncan was nail-bombed, killing three and injuring 70 - but I didn't watch the news when I was 7, so it doesn't sit in my mindset like Orlando does.

People With Disabilities, Transgendered Identities and Women Still Fair Game for Hate Speech Online

Dr. Alexander Brown | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK
Dr. Alexander Brown

UK incitement to hatred law offers similarly piecemeal protections, covering only race, religion, and sexual orientation.

#istandwithhatespeech Trended Today But It's Not As Bad As You Think - Mostly

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK

#IStandWithHateSpeech Trends On Twitter In Fiery Debate Over Free Speech If you logged onto Twitter this morning you'd be forgiven for thinking it had...

Faith: A Matter Between Man and God

Fariha Khan | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Fariha Khan

Imagine something dear to you. Imagine something that defines you. Imagine something that is your identity. Imagine it being the essence of your life...

Religious Violence: It's Not Really About Religion

Jonathan Young | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

For some, the word 'religion' is synonymous with gender inequality, homophobia and superstition. These associations are not completely without substa...

Don't Make Tyson Fury a Free Speech Martyr

Andrew Doyle | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Sport
Andrew Doyle

So don't worry about Tyson Fury. He's an unreconstructed moron whose opinions count for nothing. And if you think I'd say any of this to his face, you must be out of your mind.

Equality 'Trumps' Unlimited Free Speech: We Must Stop the Haters

Jonathan Young | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Young

We are lucky that unlike in the US, the UK already legislates against hate speech, but we must not allow eloquent right-wing commentators to water it down. If we allow hate speech without recrimination then we must abandon our boast of being a fair and equal society. I guess it all comes down to the type of society we want to live in.

Facebook and the Far Right

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

Could it be, with the Armed Forces actively distancing themselves from nationalist propaganda, parody pages like Britain Furst lampooning such fear-mongering, and artists like Waldhauer drawing attention to the omnipresence of racist content, that that the days of casual xenophobia on Facebook may finally be numbered?

When Race Comes First

Sarah Kwong | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Sarah Kwong

I believe this kind of inclusion is commonplace now. I've heard adults I respect give similar examples in the throes of storytelling. But it's colour, quite literally, that isn't needed or welcome within the perimetres of a tale that doesn't link to race or culture itself.

Goldsmith's Student Diversity Officer Investigated By Police After Tweeting 'Kill All White Men'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Goldsmiths university's student diversity officer is being investigated by police after she tweeted the hashtag "kill all white men" from the official...

A Week of Shame for the Left

David Browne | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

A week has passed since the day of the General Election, and while we are surely used to bad losers (and winners) after any democratic event in the country, the tone of the Far (and increasingly non-Far) Left in this case is in many ways terrifying, but ultimately shows the true colours of certain sections of the Left today: namely blind hatred; classist contempt; and fervent anti-democracy.

Dear Katie Hopkins

Debbie Cleaveley | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Debbie Cleaveley

Some argue that your constant need for publicity through offensive soundbite is simply an act and that you have cast yourself in the role of a grotesque bigoted pantomime dame to feed your desire to be in the public eye and earn money.

Silencing "Hate Speech" Doesn't Stop Hate

Jerry Barnett | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jerry Barnett

All censorship, including No Platform, is an elitist activity. Censors are generally self-appointed individuals who believe they have the right to decide which viewpoints should not be spoken or heard by anyone.

Why Is the University of London Welcoming a Hate Speaker?

Jonathan Hunter | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Hunter

Apparently, the University of London think it appropriate to grant their facilities to such a dubious organisation. If Senate House cared to do more research, they would also find out that the event they are sanctioning celebrates a well-known Holocaust revisionist...

Stories of Polish Gay Immigration in the UK

Pamela Sposito | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pamela Sposito

Homophobia in Poland is another major reason of Polish immigration to the UK. Who would have thought? In fact, gay Poles decide to book a one-way flight ticket to London to escape discrimination.

On Being Called A Nazi

Jemma Wayne | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

It was a revelation this month to discover that calling for tougher curbs on smoking, made me a Nazi. Strike that, it was a surprise when my (admittedly provocative) Huffington Post article received a slew of 'she's a Nazi' comments, when my twitter account was inundated with trolls, when I received hate E-mail...

Free-Speech Jihadis and Their Defence of Maajid Nawaz

Salman Butt | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Salman Butt

Over the last few weeks I've noticed an uncanny resemblance between the caricature flag-burning, blasphemer-threatening, riotous Muslims in the Middle-East, and some (perhaps equally intelligent) so-called 'liberal' tweeters, commentators and presenters in the UK...

It's Time to Stick Our Necks Out for Maajid Nawaz and Freedom of Speech

Benedict Rogers | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

Almost every day, among my friends, on the streets or tubes, or on television, I hear someone take the name of Jesus Christ in vain, turning his name into a swear word. I don't like it. I'd rather they didn't do it. But do I threaten to cut their heads off, or even stage an angry demonstration or organise a petition? Of course not.

The Spread of Religious Freedom Advocacy, and How to Improve It

David Griffiths | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
David Griffiths

There is much to praise about fresh commitments around the world to promoting FORB. I hope we will now see growing sophistication in how it is done - and if so, the Special Rapporteur comes recommended as an excellent resource.

Phone Cams and Hate Speech in Hong Kong

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

In Hong Kong, antagonisms toward mainland Chinese are at a fever pitch. From mass to digital media, political debate to everyday talk, ordinary people from mainland China are targets of intense yet also unthinking ridicule and criticism.