Academic Roz Ward was temporarily suspended from La Trobe University for her comments about the Australian flag on Facebook.
A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
In the US and Ireland there have been headline court cases of bakers refusing to make cakes for same-sex weddings.
As the US example shows, freedom of religion should not be allowed to morph into the right to discriminate.
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.
Emergency laws can sometimes be the biggest threat to a state and its people.
Let them speak.
Controversial arguments and ideas should be listened to and open to public scrutiny. Only then can we expose those ideas found wanting and lacking any credibility.
The cover of the ‘Weekly Standard’, February 2016.
Two recent controversial cartoons depicting people as apes have raised an important question: what are the legal and philosophical distinctions between harm and offence?
A photograph from The Sabbat Cycle’s Austin stop, where a screening of ‘The Witch’ was held, followed by a satanic ritual.
The Satantic Temple
What, exactly, are the political goals of The Satanic Temple, which formed in 2013? A religion professor attended a recent satanic ritual to find out.
Why is a doctor facing sanctions for voicing his opinions on Twitter?
What are free speech rights of students when they are off-campus?
The Supreme Court will soon decide if it will hear a case involving the off-campus speech rights of students.
Beware: free speech can be painful.
Academics must teach students how to think – not what to think.
Professor Maati Monjib has become the face of Morocco’s war on freedom of expression.
The Moroccan state's case against a leading academic could have far reaching ramifications for academic freedom and research at the country's universities.
#WeStandWithMizzou activists join the movement.
Jackie Rehwald, Springfield News Leader
As the debate spreads from Missouri to universities across the country, insights from The Conversation's coverage of race on campus.
The High Court unanimously accepted that limits on donations to parties and candidates are constitutional.
Constitutional judges are best seen as backstops, not as activists for one value like liberty over others like integrity and equality.
A Lahore man protests against cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad.
Ten years after the Danish cartoon crisis, it's time to discuss how freedom of religion and freedom of speech can coexist.
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.
King Mswati III, centre, with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace during the annual Reed Dance in August. Swaziland ranks among the worst in Africa for its level of democracy.
Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.
Hulk Hogan is likely hoping the Florida jury is full of people who understand what it feels like to be him.
Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for $100 million in a case that not only could bankrupt the media empire known for its gossip but could erode the First Amendment as well.
Joe Hockey’s successful defamation case against Fairfax Media raises questions about the extent to which politicians should be able to sue in relation to publications about their public conduct.
Hockey v Fairfax illustrates that recent legal and technological developments still pose challenges for defamation law, which has not been reformed to keep pace with these changes.
Picking a fight with a media company should not be a politician’s priority.
The elephant in the room in the just-concluded defamation case between Joe Hockey and Fairfax Media was the actual story being attacked. Media organisations ought to be able to instigate the debate without fear of reprisals by litigious politicians.
In Tony Abbott’s worldview, it seems, a person’s freedom of speech depends whose side they are on.
In all the politicking and government attacks on the ABC for giving a platform to former terror suspect Zaky Mallah, the free speech debate has become confused.