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.
Mary Mark Ockerbloom
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?
Big news for Myanmar.
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Victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy does not necessarily mean free speech is a given.
A video with historian David Starkey was removed from the University of Cambridge website.
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In defence of the campaign by students and lecturers at Cambridge for the university to take down a promotional video featuring the controversial historian.
#BrusselsLockdown: a time for armed guards … and cat pictures.
As is distant wars, journalists in France are now kept away from areas where security forces intervene against terrorists. Should this be welcomed?
The role of police during the students protests has come in for strong criticism.
The #feesmustfall movement brought gains for democracy. As relatively free spaces for enquiry, universities have a public duty to fight, not facilitate, a slide into a national security state.
Press freedom in peril.
Two incidents have stressed the fragility of free speech in Britain in the face of police use of anti-terror legislation to seize materials from journalists and academics. The Independent has reported…
Where should schools draw the line?
Courts have left teachers and administrators without adequate guidance on schoolchildren's free speech rights. Should schools exercise censorship?
Since 1982, over 11,000 books have been challenged by individuals seeking to have them banned from schools or libraries.
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When only six people showed up for a panel designed to raise awareness of banned books, the pot needed to be stirred a bit.
Students protest at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University demanding the right to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans, which they identify with apartheid.
The university should be the bastion of the right to free expression in the promotion of democracy, and has a moral and ethical obligation to provide spaces for fierce debate and critical engagement.
Facebook is trying to manage abuse and hate speech.
The social media giant says it takes online abuse seriously. But there are calls for it to do more amid reports it's not doing enough to deal with threats or abuse.