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Freedom of Speech

Facebook Arrests Cast India's Commitment To Free Speech Into The Spotlight

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.28.2012 | World

A little more than a week after two women were arrested in India over a Facebook post that criticized the shutdown of Mumbai in the wake of politician...

Anti-Censorship Manifesto

Christophe Deloire | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Christophe Deloire

Reporters Without Borders has been fighting for more than 25 years so that people are not prevented from saying "two plus two equals four," as George Orwell put it in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Fortunately, freedom has heroes who resist at all cost.

Deciding on Homeland

Amy Wu | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Amy Wu

For a week, Washington D.C. was home. I led a handful of college students here to observe the U.S. presidential elections and cover the event as cub reporters. For the first few days we camped out in a hotel blocks from the White House and braved Hurricane Sandy.

The Dark Side of Free Speech

Grace Nasri | Posted 01.08.2013 | New York
Grace Nasri

Should circumstances affect the limits of protected speech? Does the fact that New York at the time was under a state of emergency with an already devastated population, warrant a different set of rules?

Does Mainstream Media Know that 3rd Party Candidates Are Also Running for President?

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

But of course they do! Everybody knows that there are 3rd Party candidates running for President. But where can you learn about them? How do you know their names, their platforms and who they are? You cannot!

Arrest Warrant Issued Against Greek Journalist for Publishing 'Lagarde List'

Michael Nevradakis | Posted 12.30.2012 | World
Michael Nevradakis

In a shocking affront to democracy and freedom of speech, Greek prosecutors have ordered the immediate arrest of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis. This comes after the publication of the so-called "Lagarde List," containing the names of 1,991 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.

Punitive Psychiatry Making a Comeback in Russia?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 12.24.2012 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

By now, it seems that everyone has heard of the Russian female punk collective Pussy Riot. Yet the band's prosecution is but an episode in Russia's ongoing misuse of antiextremism laws directed against dissenting voices.

Why Bother With Campaign Finance Reform?

Steve Gillman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Steve Gillman

Looking at the attempts to regulate political expenditures and the many laws passed over my lifetime, I have to ask, "So how is that working out for us?" Yes, it is sarcasm you detect.

Savages and Saints

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.12.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

We can stand aghast at the savagery of shooting Malala. Or we can avenge this act in the way that civilized people should --- moving forcefully and urgently to bring the powerful weapon of education to girls.

Twitter, Freedom of Speech and a Teetering Tower of Cards

Ella Walker | Posted 12.11.2012 | Media
Ella Walker

While some should most definitely hold their tongues and withdraw their hands from their keyboards, there are better uses for prison cells than banging up people for speaking their mind.

Morsi's Relativization Of Human Rights Would End Arab Spring

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Aaron Rhodes

In his maiden speech before the United Nations General Assembly, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi struck out against the freedom of expression as a universal principle. The speech was warmly received.

Why A Global Blasphemy Law Is The Wrong Response To Islamaphobia

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Courtney C. Radsch

There is no evidence that restricting speech prohibits intolerance, and, in fact, evidence shows that prohibitions on so-called blasphemous speech actually increases intolerance and leads to a wide-range of human rights abuses.

Free Speech: Just a Recent Fad?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Greg Lukianoff

It should not come as a surprise that some of these voices against free speech arise out of higher education. Yet the great irony in this is that our colleges should be places where people live the reality of the potential that is unleashed by free expression.

Hundreds Of U.S. Pastors Back Political Candidates, Defy Tax Rules

Reuters | Nanette Byrnes | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Oct 7 (Reuters) - Baptist Pastor Mark Harris stood before his flock in North Carolina on Sunday and joined hundreds of other U.S. re...

Freedom of Speech: The Price Can Be High

Sohaib Awan | Posted 12.04.2012 | Teen
Sohaib Awan

The world faces a difficult ordeal today because we have taken freedom of speech to be something that is completely free. Far from it, this liberty has proven to be very costly.

Provocation or Freedom of Expression

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
Zaman Stanizai

Fanaticism should not be defined through cultural stereotypes, but instead through acts and deeds.

To Bigotry No Sanction

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

In his famous letter to the first Jewish synagogue in America, George Washington wrote that the United States government grants "to bigotry no sanction." But because our government does grant to all its citizens freedom of speech, it protects the rights of Pamela Geller.

Violence Violates Free Speech And Islam

Harris Zafar | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Harris Zafar

This is a lesson for the whole world, and Muslims must use this guidance to collectively exhibit a mature response to such terrible acts. Let us join hands to uphold the peaceful teachings of Islam and the Quran.

Pulpit Freedom Sunday -- Should the Church Be Tax-Exempt?

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Pastors and church leaders need to make a choice: feel free to talk politics all they want from the pulpit, but be willing to pay the consequences.

Muslims Abroad Should Respect the American Tradition of Free Speech as They Debate Their Own

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Muslims should not be so quick to complain when others demonstrate their lack of respect for Islam if they fail to make any real progress towards understanding the societal norms of other nations, in this instance the complexity of free speech rights and traditions in the United States.

Blasphemy Day -- Because We Can!

Edward Falzon | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

As long as we condemn a video before we condemn a violent reaction to it, we'll always be bestowing power upon those who wish to pass the kind of anti-blasphemy law being pitched at the UN.

Freedom of Suppression

Michael Drew | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Michael Drew

What do you consider to be freedom of expression? The right to offend? The right to be offended? The right to say whatever or to let others say whatev...

The Top 3 Security Threats the UN General Assembly Must Address

Michael Shank | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Michael Shank

What we say, do, and eat has global implications, and on these three major security frontiers we must do better: religious, food and climate security. Each of us has a role to play, and each of us is capable of making a difference.

Obama's U.N. Speech: Democratic Pluralism and the American Mission

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

He has juxtaposed democratic pluralism with its opposite -- a fundamentalism that suppresses dissent and seeks to impose conformity on the population of a country, a region, or even the whole world.

Salman Rushdie and the Right to Offend

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton rebels against the reduction of The Satanic Verses to an insult to Islam. I agree. But modern liberal democracies, freedom of thought and expression are impossible without the right to offend.