In spite of noble promises in their constitutions, many countries have a very restrictive approach to demonstrations.
Government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security is increasing.
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.
Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was no ordinary reporter. His contacts included the Royal Family as well as known terrorists.
Internet taxes could stifle Africa's free and vibrant social media.
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.
France’s parliament is debating a law that would allow “fake news” to be censored. While the outcome is uncertain, the precedent is dangerous.
Turkey’s June 24 elections are the first in 16 years that could be politically meaningful. Opposition parties seem revitalised and could launch anti-Erdoğan coalition into the second round.
Spoiler: NetzDG does not cover all hate speech and probably won't have a 'chilling effect' on users.
In a society like South Africa's that is increasingly becoming polarised, simplified opinions should be approached with caution.
In his new book "University Commons Divided," former University of Saskatchewan President Peter MacKinnon examines the attack on freedom of expression at Canadian universities.
Emmanuel Macron is the latest to talk about reining in fake news. It can't be done.
The Rwandan model can't be replicated easily given that it depends heavily on political dominance and tight, centralised control of patronage networks.
Citizens should be free to criticize government authorities on social media platforms, and muzzling such criticism may well be unconstitutional.
In such a polarized age, universities and colleges should uphold the core values of liberal education by asserting, through their policies and practices, the reasonable, rational middle ground.
As South Africa marks Media Freedom Day, it's clear that its battle isn't over. Attacks on journalists continue --through physical intimidation and there's also the threat of new laws.
Artists, free speech advocates and gay rights activists in Brazil are dismayed after an LGBTQ-centric exhibit was closed because the subject matter offended evangelical Christians.
Kenya has published hate speech guidelines that target WhatsApp groups administrators, holding them responsible for offensive content.
New laws pending in Wisconsin and North Carolina would require public universities to punish students who disrupt campus speakers. But these laws would do more to hinder free speech than protect it.