Beware: free speech can be painful.
Academics must teach students how to think – not what to think.
Eagles of Death Metal members Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching pay their respects to the victims of the November 13 attacks.
Live music has been targeted by terrorism ... but it also offers an antidote to it.
Big news for Myanmar.
Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
Victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy does not necessarily mean free speech is a given.
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?
Marilyn Monroe appeared on the cover of Playboy’s first issue in 1953.
According to a pornography historian, Playboy was always able to stay above the fray because nudity was never central to its brand.
Banned Books Week highlights books that have been challenged or permanently removed from library shelves.
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While legal precedent makes banning books difficult, it still happens.
Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy is jailed for three years in Egypt.
The news that two British journalists and their unnamed Iraqi colleague were arrested and charged by the Turkish authorities [though released following publication of this article] for “engaging in terror…
Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard get it on in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
A gesture of desire, sexuality and the erotic, the screen kiss has often been subject to censorship and controversy. But for directors game to bend the rules, the kiss can be a subversive act.
China’s mourning over the Tianjin disaster has taken place both online and off.
Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters
Social media is rewriting patterns of communication in China.
Two months after the bombing at Hiroshima.
US Department of Defense
US military censors contained information after the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leaving Americans with a limited understanding of the impact of radiation.
Proposals by the Film and Publications Board to monitor online activities may be much more difficult to implement than envisaged.
Censorship may not be the answer, but there needs to be acknowledgement of the challenges involved in the disruption of media that the internet is wreaking across the planet and in people's homes.
Spoiler: big fish eats a few people then gets killed.
40 years ago, Steven Spielberg's shark attack classic wowed cinemagoers and ushered in the modern blockbuster. It also helped create a climate from which horror has yet to recover.
The War Game depicted true horror of nuclear war.
Controversy has raged down the years over whether the film was censored by the government. Now secret files reveal the truth after 50 years.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shows little sign of listening to growing public opposition to his military junta’s authoritarian rule.
A year ago, a military coup toppled Thailand's elected government. The junta promised elections once a new constitution is adopted, but its authoritarian rule betrays a hostility to real democracy.
Mukesh Singh, one of the convicted rapists interviewed in India’s Daughter.
India's government has always been highly sensitive to the way its country is depicted in the British media.
The Merchant of Venice unfettered.
The Merchant of Venice is a play that most thoroughly reveals the prevalent anti-Semitism of Shakespeare’s time. So should it be cut when performed today?
Porn, or not?
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The imminent release of Fifty Shades of Grey has already provoked widespread protest, although the protesters have not actually seen it. The Guardian recently proclaimed: “This is not a porn film.” But…
Director Andrey Zvyagintsev and actors Vladimir Vdovichenkov and Elena Lyadova at the premier of the controversial film Leviathan.
The Russian film world has been in some turmoil this week. First there was news that the government was to decree that films “defiling the national culture, posing a threat to national unity and undermining…
In Samuel Roth’s time, there was no Constitutional protection for expression deemed subversive, obscene or indecent.
In 1957, publisher Samuel Roth spent his 63rd birthday in federal prison. His appeal denied by the United States Supreme Court, he would end up serving every day of his five year sentence. The crime? He…
See no evil, speak no evil is next year’s Keep Calm and Carry On.
India’s government has displeased many internet users by blocking access to some major websites at the start of the new year. A total of 32 sites were blocked, although sanctions have been lifted from…