Quebec’s bill may be seen as part of on-going ‘culture wars,’ and alongside Ontario and Québec conservative governments’ grandstanding about ‘free speech’ on university campuses.
In addition to undermining universities’ and faculty members’ autonomy, the bill blurs distinctions between free expression and academic freedom, and turns academic freedom into a political weapon.
Russian pranksters and anti-free speech advocates Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov, left, and Alexei “Lexus” Stolyarov in Moscow in 2016.
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Political phone pranksters played a big part in the passage of draconian laws that strangle free expression in Russia.
Protesters who think the government is restricting their ‘right to freedom’ misunderstand the way that rights require us to consider how our actions impact others.
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Our freedom is limited as soon as our speech and behaviour become harmful to other people.
Photo by Visual Narphilia courtesy Synik
Synik’s new album continues to shape identity and consciousness in a country with limited freedom of speech.
The ruling could justify the future visa cancellation of any individual who is seen as a ‘role model’ and who may be perceived as causing social unrest.
Seen on the screen of a device in Sausalito, Calif., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces the company’s new corporate name, Meta, during a virtual event.
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In order to effectively regulate data-intensive, privately held global infrastructure like Facebook, human rights needs to be a primary focal point.
Australia’s piecemeal approach to regulating hate speech online isn’t working. The UK has introduced a possible better way forward.
Many laws passed in recent times are not aimed at correcting false information, but punishing its publication.
The majority of those punished under the laws to combat false information are opposition politicians or journalists.
How would you feel seeing more Canadian content on your ‘for you page’?
Powers in Bill C-10 will force YouTube and TikTok to make CanCon more discoverable, skewing our searches and streams — but it’s unconstitutional.
Zimbabwean stand-up comedian Munya Guramatunhu.
Courtesy Tirivashe/Munyaradzi Guramatunhu
Despite the challenges of being a female comedian, the women who do choose to perform feel emboldened to speak out in ways that can resist sexism.
Facebook’s new Oversight Board affirmed the social media network’s ban on Donald Trump.
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The social media giant’s third-party review panel upheld Facebook’s ban on Donald Trump. A corporate governance expert explains why Facebook created the Oversight Board.
Kenyan journalists and members of civil society marching on the World Press Freedom Day in 2018.
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No matter what tactics are used to muzzle, restrict, limit, or censor information, trustworthy information that serves the public good can still find its way to those who matter most: the citizens.
A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8, 2018.
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Saudi’s crown prince approved the killing and dismemberment of a Washington Post columnist in 2018, the Biden administration says. So how can the US still see the Saudis as good partners?
Hate speech is not the root cause of Ethiopia’s recurring conflict problem.
In a country where judicial review is not constitutionally guaranteed, hate speech legislation could shackle freedom of expression and limit citizens’ rights to express themselves.
The Constitutional Court judgment is a huge victory, not only for journalists and lawyers who stand to benefit directly and immediately, but for broader society.
A group of young intellectuals and artists demonstrates at the doors of the Ministry of Culture during a protest in Havana on Nov. 27.
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Talks with the government ended with accusations that the dissenting artists were ‘paid by North American agencies’ – an age-old way to discredit dissent in Cuba. But these protests are homegrown.
Iranian state television reports the release of Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert.
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Academic freedom is under assault around the world. Academics and students are being killed, injured, detained and disappeared in a pattern of disturbing increases in state repression.
Judge’s copy: the copy of the novel belonging to the judge in the case was acquired by Bristol University in 2019.
By courtesy of the University of Bristol Library Special Collections DM2936, photograph by Jamie Carstairs.
The obscenity trial was a landmark decision that provided a “public good” defence for serious literature.
An homage to Samuel Paty, a teacher murdered after showing caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed from the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Oct. 18, 2020.
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Macron wants to ‘build an Islam in France that can be compatible with the Enlightenment.’ But that goal assumes France is compatible with Islam, says a Muslim scholar of religion and politics.
Hommage to Samuel Paty: “Thank you Mr. Paty to have taught us history and freedom of expression.”
The horrific death of Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher, highlights the importance of the work of educators who are, more than ever, on the front lines of the fight for freedom of expression.