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Freedom of Speech

How Long Can the Truth Be Banned or Imprisoned in Turkey?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

The Turkish government, and Mr. Erdoğan specifically, must acknowledge that Twitter is not a menace -- the menace to society lies in the law when it does not reflect international standards on the right to freedom of expression.

'We Stand United in Our Humanity'

Elham Manea | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Why does the Saudi government deny freedoms of speech, religion and political association to it citizens? As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, why does Saudi Arabia imprison a young man who committed no crime, who only created a blog calling for freedom?

RIP The Joe DiMaggio of the First Amendment

Mike Edison | Posted 02.25.2015 | Media
Mike Edison

Herald Price Fahringer had always loomed large in my imagination. What self-respecting journalist wouldn't want to find themselves as the defendant in a First Amendment case?

What Muhammad Would Think of Saudi Arabia's "Leadership"

Craig Considine | Posted 02.24.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Prophet's message was one of tolerance and diversity. It is hard to argue that the Saudi royal family has ever followed in his path or walked in his footsteps.

Press Freedom Must Not Be Compromised in Fight Against Extremism

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Courtney C. Radsch

There is a valid concern that the countering violent extremism initiative could provide justification for governments to broaden surveillance online and use it to curb human rights and civil liberties.

Not Defending Our Ideals of Freedom Today Would Be a Crime

Inna Shevchenko | Posted 02.20.2015 | World
Inna Shevchenko

I call upon all defenders of freedom to join the ideological battle; now is the time to set pluralism against dogma; drawings, books and peaceful protests against guns; secularism against religious dominance.

First Amendment Under Fire: Pennsylvania's 'Silencing Act' Puts Society at Risk

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Christopher Zoukis

This past October, a startling bill was fast-tracked through the Pennsylvania legislature that should make every one of us take pause and think about what those documents really mean.

Why I Published Cartoons of Muhammad and Don't Regret It

Flemming Rose | Posted 02.19.2015 | World
Flemming Rose

I've been accused of being responsible for the loss of innocent lives and labeled a Nazi who is having Muslims for breakfast.

Be Unafraid

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Byrd

In the Danish capitol, parents regularly leave their children in strollers on the sidewalk and go inside to shop. Thousands of bicycles sit out on the street at night with nothing more than a wheel lock. It's not that there's nothing to fear. The Danes simply refuse to be afraid.

Speaking Truth to Power in Turkey: An Interview with Ekrem Dumanli

Yohuru Williams | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Yohuru Williams

The Turkish government has isolated itself from the outside world, making the country lonelier in the international arena. Due to the government's misguided policies, there is virtually no country that is friendly with Turkey.

Don't Blame the Messenger

David Sable | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
David Sable

It's up to us, folks. We need to overwhelm the world with good-purposed technology and change it all for the better.

Have Insensitive Comments Become the New Normal?

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

"I say we give him to ISIS" is, to me, a disturbing comment. One maybe thrown into the commentary as a joke to get a rise. It got one out of me.

Croatia: 'Criminal Enterprise HDZ' Takes Over Presidency -- Organized Crime and the Rise of Nationalism

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

Strong rule of law nations must urgently address transnational organized crime in the Balkan region's mafia states including Croatia, and, help establish the rule of law and independent judiciary.

Obama Calls For Balancing Free Speech With Respect For Religion

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama emphasized Thursday the importance of balancing the right to free speech with respect for religion, chastising groups who have ...

Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Black Radical Who Matters For Our Time

Johanna Fernandez | Posted 02.06.2015 | Black Voices
Johanna Fernandez

Because they speak uncomfortable truths, black prophetic voices, while they are alive, are vilified and violently persecuted by repressive agents of the state.

Je Suis Sana and I Believe in Freedom of Choice

Sana Syed | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Sana Syed

I do not intend on depriving anyone from the right to hate, but when you stand up for freedom, you have to stand up for individual actions and personal responsibility. Je suis Sana and I believe in freedom of choice.

This Man Faces Life in Prison for ... Rapping

David Loy | Posted 02.03.2015 | Crime
David Loy

I've heard free speech isn't free, and Brandon Duncan, who raps as Tiny Doo, has learned that the hard way.

Free Speech Charlie Hebdo and the Art World

Mike Spradley | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
Mike Spradley

Two weeks after Islamic extremist murdered my colleagues at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, I feel now is the time to reflect on what their deaths mean to us. Why were their creative talents targeted ?

Freedom of Speech Is a Gift, Not an Entitlement

Bavani Purushothaman | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Bavani Purushothaman

Find your voice, but use it wisely. Use it to make this world a better place to live in. Use it to fulfill your life's purpose. If your only intention to speak your mind freely is to hurt others, then think again.

Can Muslims Ever Truly Belong In Europe?

Egyptian Streets | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Egyptian Streets

Until there's a greater balance in the discussion on the Muslim community, and sheer logic that's applied to other communities applied to Muslims, Europe's Muslims will always be the 'other' in their own homes or as one senior British politician put it recently "unwanted citizens."

Political Pundits Don't Understand Free Speech

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo has ignited a number of conversations about free speech. Unfortunately most of the media people who talk about free speech either don't understand it or intentionally mislead their viewers.

'We Are All in This Together, Like It or Not': On Raif Badawi, Charlie Hebdo and Non-violent Islamism

Elham Manea | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Those who killed the journalists in Paris were followers of violent Islamist extremism. Those who lashed Raif are followers of non-violent Islamist extremism. The first kills in the name of God and the second violates in the name of God.

I Have a Voice

Melanie Young | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

I admire people like Martin Luther King who spoke out for those who were afraid or unable to do so. His message today is as strong as ever, although I worry that much of the world does not seem to want to listen.

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie!

Steve Nelson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The pressure for "conformity of outrage" has its own dangers. We Americans are inclined toward the easy symbolism of yellow ribbons tied on trees or the facile patriotism of American flags on bumper stickers. Conformity of outrage, particularly under public or political pressure, is dangerous too.

Violence Against Charlie Hebdo: The Globalization of Moral and Intellectual Confusion

Caroline Fourest | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Caroline Fourest

After killing in Paris, religious fanatics are demonstrating in Grozny, killing in Niger and burning french flags in Pakistan. For what? A drawing of ...