Pants on fire.
Emmanuel Macron is the latest to talk about reining in fake news. It can't be done.
Paul Kagame has exercised firm personal control over Rwanda’s politics since becoming president in 2000.
The Rwandan model can't be replicated easily given that it depends heavily on political dominance and tight, centralised control of patronage networks.
The apparently growing practIce of governments and government officials blocking critics on social media has serious implications for freedom of expression.
Citizens should be free to criticize government authorities on social media platforms, and muzzling such criticism may well be unconstitutional.
People demonstrate in Toronto in August 2017 in solidarity with those at a University of Virginia rally against white supremacy. That demonstration ended in tragedy after a woman was killed by a white supremacist. Universities in both the U.S. and Canada are at the centre of fierce debates about free speech and the right of those on the far right to be heard.
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In such a polarized age, universities and colleges should uphold the core values of liberal education by asserting, through their policies and practices, the reasonable, rational middle ground.
Demonstrators protest against the decision by the South African Broadcasting Corporation to stop airing violent protest scenes.
As South Africa marks Media Freedom Day, it's clear that its battle isn't over. Attacks on journalists continue --through physical intimidation and there's also the threat of new laws.
LGBTQ activists protest the Queermuseu’s closing.
Artists, free speech advocates and gay rights activists in Brazil are dismayed after an LGBTQ-centric exhibit was closed because the subject matter offended evangelical Christians.
Kenyan authorities have arrested two WhatsApp group administrators for alleged hate speech.
Kenya has published hate speech guidelines that target WhatsApp groups administrators, holding them responsible for offensive content.
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.
Starving news media of revenue is a means of indirect state control.
African governments have transitioned from outright control of freedom of expression to a subtler manipulation of the press that includes withholding state advertising from commercial media outlets.
Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, surrounded by school pupils and officials, samples the metropole’s free internet service.
Pretoria News/Masi Losi
That South Africa has voted against rights enshrined in its globally celebrated, progressive constitution suggests a troubling indifference to its human rights commitments.
A protest in Cape Town against the SABC’s decision not to broadcast violent protests.
South Africa's public broadcaster is in a state of crisis, gripped by paranoia and facing accusations of censorship. Can it be saved?
Workers arrange copies of the ‘Business Daily’, produced by Kenya’s Nation Media Group, the biggest newspaper publisher in East Africa.
Namibia’s rise in the World Press Freedom rankings is stunning. The media environment in Africa, too, has improved. But media closures and the harassment of journalists are not yet things of the past.
Why do vigilante groups in Indonesia get away with harassing and threatening leftists?
Courtesy of Belok Kiri Festival
Non-state actors in Indonesia use violence and intimidation against a critical civil society as a means for the political and business elites to maintain wealth and power.
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.
Organisations increasingly need to put procedures and practices in place to manage their reputation in the social media age.
The increasing use of social media in the financial sector has made it difficult for companies to exercise control, while at the same time allow employees freedom of expression in the workplace.
Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University protest the arrest of student leader Kanhaiya Kumar.
Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi has been rocked by protests both opposing and supporting the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar.
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?