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.
The campaign for 'free speech on campus' mimics US and UK tactics of using a manufactured crisis to further the goal of increasing conservative political influence in universities.
A protester during an anti-mask rally on July 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, against the mayor’s mask order and the governor’s extension of the state shutdown.
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A constitutional law scholar says that the arguments made by anti-mask protesters that the Constitution protects their freedom to go maskless are just wrong.
False information about the new coronavirus is a big threat to containing the pandemic but governments must not use 'fake news' as an excuse to limit freedom of expression.
Internet cafe owner Kaleb Alemayehu checks a computer in Adama City, Ethiopia. Internet shutdowns are common.
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An absence of laws governing the digital space has allowed the government to tinker with internet accessibility as it sees fit.
Pakistani Islamists march to protest the Supreme Court lenient treatment of Asia Bibi, a Christian Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy, in Karachi, Feb. 1, 2019.
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Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia all punish blasphemy harshly – even with death. Such laws have political as well as religious motives, says a scholar on Islamism: They're a tool for crushing dissent.
Kenya’s second president, Daniel arap Moi, now deceased.
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The former president's stranglehold on the press made it very difficult for journalists to do their jobs.
Controversy erupted after a lecturer at the University of Alberta posted on Facebook in November that the Holomodor is a “myth.” Canada recognized the Holomodor — the death of millions of Ukrainians in 1932–33 due to Soviet policies — as an act of genocide in 2008. Here, the Holodomor Memorial, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Those teaching in publicly funded universities should be held accountable for denying the public record, whether in their classrooms or beyond.
Ugandan musician-turned-MP Robert ‘Bobi Wine’ Kyagulanyi has been a frequent target of the country’s cyber laws.
There is a strong framework of international laws and conventions that defend free speech, but Uganda continues to limit freedom of expression especially when the people criticise their president.
Australia is the only Western democracy without some form of charter of rights legislated by parliament or entrenched in the constitution.
We have a serious deficit in legal protection for human rights in Australia, rights that have been in regression for 20 years. We need a legislated charter setting out the rights we care about.
Protestors make their voices heard in New York City following Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
In Trump's America, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature and scope of the First Amendment.
A Sudanese protester waves the Sudanese and Algerian flags. Peaceful protestors in both countries eventually toppled their long term presidents.
In spite of noble promises in their constitutions, many countries have a very restrictive approach to demonstrations.
Successful popular protests like this one in Algeria are the exception not the rule.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
In the digital age, it can be a challenge to agree on what is, and what is not, acceptable online behaviour.
As countries are calling for laws to control extremism online, it is becoming clear that defining the line between hate speech and free speech is a complex challenge.
The scheme has many critics, but the numbers show that it's working well.
People, including the activist group Code Pink, hold signs at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia during a protest about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was no ordinary reporter. His contacts included the Royal Family as well as known terrorists.
The push to tax social media users is gaining momentum across Africa.
Internet taxes could stifle Africa's free and vibrant social media.
Faith Goldy, an alt-right champion who appeared in an interview on a white nationalist site, speaks outside Wilfrid Laurier Univesity in March 2018.
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Free speech may protect offensive speech, but we degrade this central right when we see it as simply the right to offend, regardless of the impact on others.