Protestants hold a Sunday service in the open air in Jakarta. Their efforts to erect their own church buildings have been blocked by hardline Muslim groups.
Truth’s victory over hate propaganda is neither automatic nor preordained. It requires a commitment to equal rights and norms of tolerance.
Some people might find this offensive. IPSO didn’t think it was.
Why the Editors’ Code of Practice needs to be reformed.
Lionel Shriver in 2014: her keynote address at the Brisbane Writers Festival on cultural appropriation has unleashed a torrent of opinion.
Lionel Shriver's controversial speech about cultural appropriation has made headlines around the world. But the debate need not be a binary one – novelists might approach characters from other cultures as 'thoughtful tourists'.
Duncan Storrar asks a question on ABC television’s Q&A.
The Australian media are all for free speech – until it clashes with their politics.
19th-century philosopher John Stuart Mill was a leading thinker on free speech.
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The concept of 'free speech' is devilishly difficult, and depends greatly on a person's political and philosophical viewpoint.
Recent changes to the defamation laws make it more difficult for a non-resident to sue for libel in the UK.
Free speech on an issue is a constructive idea, providing it is practised with responsibility.
Freedom of speech does not mean you can say anything to anyone, regardless of the damage it does – an important consideration in the debate over a same-sex marriage plebiscite.
Cory Bernardi is set to introduce a private member’s bill to reform Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
The Constitution’s external affairs power does not support Section 18C. And the section also impermissibly infringes the implied freedom of political communication.
A paramilitary policeman stands guard under a giant portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong at the Tiananmen gate in Beijing.
In China, art is called upon to promote the Communist Party's agenda. But the staging of concerts here commemorating Mao Zedong's death poses thorny questions about artistic freedom.
Nick Denton's controversial online site offended too many powerful people.
While there are legitimate grounds for critique of Section 18C, David Leyonhjelm’s ‘test’ case is not the ideal candidate.
David Leyonhjelm's complaint over being called an 'angry white male' could showcase the difficulty in launching a successful action under Section 18C and undermine an argument in support of repeal.
The government claims changes to Section 18C are no longer on its agenda.
Section 18C is limited in scope, and it would thus be wrong to claim that free speech carte blanche is under threat.
Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, surrounded by school pupils and officials, samples the metropole’s free internet service.
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That South Africa has voted against rights enshrined in its globally celebrated, progressive constitution suggests a troubling indifference to its human rights commitments.
Why do campuses have “free speech zones”?
Are speech codes and free-speech zones silencing speech on college and university campuses?
Case isn’t about free press, it’s about protecting privacy.
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There is a stronger public interest in privacy than in revealing salacious showbiz title-tattle, no matter what the papers say.
It is for George Brandis to decide whether and how to audit Commonwealth laws for justifiable encroachments on common law rights.
The Australian Law Reform Commission has given George Brandis a report that does all that it reasonably could, while falling well short of what it was asked to do.
Does freedom of speech benefit any group of society more than another?
Those who benefit from, and defend, freedom of speech are often those who already enjoy the most privilege in society.
Galileo Galilei was imprisoned for his ‘heretical’ views.
The 'No Platform' campaign from the National Union of Students is stifling debate on university campuses.
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You might think today's government is harsh, but the 1790s were a tough time for those who wanted to speak their mind.
Should school students wear a uniform?
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Many schools claim that when students attend in uniforms, it improves discipline, and leads to academic gains. But does it?