Protesters demonstrate on the University of Washington campus where far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos was giving a speech in Seattle on the same day Donald Trump was sworn in as president.
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Differences of opinion are the lifeblood of universities and essential to advancing knowledge. But some universities are giving in to intimidation by cancelling events with controversial speakers.
Liu Xiaobo, 1955-2017.
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The lessons of Liu's life and work must never be forgotten.
Demonstrators gather in anticipation of controversial speaker Ann Coulter near the University of California, Berkeley campus, April 27, 2017.
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New laws pending in Wisconsin and North Carolina would require public universities to punish students who disrupt campus speakers. But these laws would do more to hinder free speech than protect it.
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on June 4, in the wake of a terror attack in London.
Cracking down on extremism online won’t solve the problem of extremist violence, will inevitably censor speech that's important to protect and risks harming political dissidents and democracy itself.
Comments like 'little girl needs to keep to herself before daddy breaks her face' get a free pass in the name of free speech.
Hassan Rouhani does the rounds at the Tehran book fair.
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Handing over censorship to authors and writers themselves may actually make it harsher.
Pakistani students hold portraits of Mashal Khan who was killed by a mob for alleged blasphemy in in April 2017.
A spate of violence linked to accusations of blasphemy has rocked Pakistan.
South Africa’s media landscape has changed fundamentally.
The growth of new, vibrant, independent media sites and projects in South Africa have challenged conceptions of what a newsroom is. On limited budgets, some even fare better than mainstream media.
When is a joke not a joke? When it starts to erode a fundamental human right.
The Turnbull government’s objectives in seeking to change Section 18C are unclear.
The government has not adequately explained what it is hoping to achieve by changing the wording of Section 18C.
There is concern among some Liberals that the 18C issue will lose them votes in seats with large ethnic communities.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced a watering down of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Peter Dutton casts himself as championing freedom of speech.
Peter Dutton has advised Alan Joyce and other business executives who have written to Malcolm Turnbull urging action on same-sex marriage to “stick to their knitting”. It’s advice some in the government…
Mass funeral for the victims of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre.
Besides a reminder of a dark period in South Africa's history, Human Rights Day also celebrates the country's unique, highly acclaimed constitution which guarantees human dignity and equal rights.
There are fears a new bill that seeks to criminalise hate speech in South Africa might infringe freedom of expression.
The growing incidence of racism on social media in South Africa suggests that there are consequences. Whether there ought to be criminal sanctions remains an ongoing debate.
How do we know what we think we know? Accuracy, care and rigorous method gets us somewhere there, especially on issues like racism.
Digital information should be private and secure.
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Recent developments at the United Nations and the G-20 suggest that the well-known human rights to privacy and freedom of expression may soon be formally extended to online communications.
Liberal MP Ian Goodenough is chairing a parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia.
Neither Galaxy Research nor the Institute of Public Affairs think-tank discussed the most interesting data they garnered from polling on free speech and reform to Section 18C.
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.
The historic East Melbourne synagogue.
Amending Section 18C would send a 'dangerous message', according to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.
Section 18C goes further than the laws of many other democracies by applying to ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’ speech.
A minor change, substituting 'vilify' for 'offend' and 'insult', would bring Section 18C more in line with similar laws in other democracies without undermining its effectiveness.