Freedom of Expression

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And Then They Came For Me: Final Words from Lasantha Wickrematunge
Wickrematunge, Lasantha
Article
2009
An editorial by Lasantha Wickrematunge shortly before he was murdered on January 8, 2009, and published three days after his death.
Apostasy, Blasphemy and Free Expression in the Age of ISIS
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2015
The right to religion comes with a corresponding right to be free from religion.
Arthur Topham's Political Beliefs May Just Be Illegal: The Extraordinary Trial of Arthur Topham: Part 3
Mykytyn, Eve
Article
2015
On November 7, 2015, Arthur Topham was convicted of inciting hatred against a racial group, the Jewish people. Mr. Topham maintains a website, Radical Free Press, in which he publishes and comments up...
Bill C-51: A Legal Primer: Overly broad and unnecessary anti-terrorism reforms could criminalize free speech
Ruby, Clayton; Nader R.,Hasan
Article
2015
Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, would expand the powers of Canada's spy agency, allowing Canadians to be arrested on mere suspicion of future criminal activity.
Bloggers Under Fire: The Fatal Consequences of Free Thinking in Bangladesh
Article
2016
Six secular Bangladeshi writers have been killed since November of 2014: Rajshahi University professor AKM Shafiul Islam, literary publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, and bloggers Avijit Roy, Oyasiqur Rahm...
Canadian group not dealing with major free expression issue: Celebrating World Press Freedom Day
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2014
We need to address how corporate-owned mainstream news organizations restrict the freedom of journalists and prevent the public from having access to a wide variety of important news and opinion artic...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Censorship in Canada - When the Censor Comes
Article
1996
Developed primarily for teachers, librarians, booksellers and others who disseminate the printed word, this guide offers basic information about dealing with would-be censors. Researched and written b...
Challenged Books List
Article
2004
A partial list of books subjected to censorship attempts in Canada from the early 1980s to 2003.
Chevron's Crude Attacks: Court Sides With Big Oil
Winship, Michael
Article
2011
Yet another instance of the increasingly pro-business stance of the US legal system.
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
A climate of fear endangers press freedom
Article
2009
Today, the greatest threats to freedom of the press are more insidious than a generation ago because they are intended to induce a climate of fear and self-censorship through systematic violence and e...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Arts, Media, Culture Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on media, culture, and art.
Connexions Library: Human Rights and Civil Liberties Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on civil liberties and human rights.
Culture Inc.: The Corporate Takeover of Public Expression
Schiller, Herbert I.
Book
1989
Schiller defends democratic expression and free access to information while demonstrating the ways in which public expression, public space, and public access to information are becoming increasingly ...
Defending the right to offend, shock or disturb
Article
2009
Insult laws are designed to protect politicians, government leaders and officials and state institutions, arming the state with access to resources and legal doctrines that no other citizen has.
A Different Kind of Safe Space
Gup,, Ted
Article
2016
Words are dangerous, but not as dangerous as efforts to suppress them, be it by government or dean -- and certainly not as insidious as self-censorship.
Dismantling Democracy: Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada
Article
2015
An extensive dossier of the Harper government's attacks on democracy, debate, and dissent.
Domestic reality does not match bold words on Internet freedom of expression
Article
2011
The U.S. government gives lip service to online free speech but simultaneously acts in ways to drastically limit freedom of expression.
Don't Incite Censorship
Malik, Kenan
Article
2007
Free speech for everyone but bigots is no free speech at all.
The End of Academic Freedom in America: the Case of Steven Salaita
Proyect, Louis
Article
2015
In the years I spent at Columbia University, there was always some professor or another coming under attack from the Israel lobby. But no matter the intensity of the witch-hunt, I was always proud to ...
Enemies of the Internet 2013: Sources News Release
Article
2013
Reporters Without Borders is releasing a Special report on Internet surveillance
Feminists Against Censorship
Website
A group of feminist academics and campaigners who fight censorship from a feminist perspective. They believe: 1) Censorship is a dangerous tool that is primarily used to suppress dissent from those ...
50 Ways to Fight Censorship: And Important Facts to Know about Censors
Marsh, Dave
Book
1991
A practical guide to generating support and publicity for freedom of speech and how to combat acts of censorship.
Free Speech and Acceptable Truths: Statement of the Alumni for Responsible Speech
Alumni for Responsible Speech
Article
2008
While we support freedom of speech and academic freedom, we believe that university administrations have a duty to provide a safe learning environment in which students and faculty are protected by in...
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Free speech fights: Wikipedia article
Article
Free speech fights are conflicts over the right to speak freely, particularly involving the Industrial Workers of the World efforts in the early twentieth century to organize workers and publicly spea...
Free Speech For Me - But Not For Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other
Hentoff, Nat
Book
1992
Hentoff is a passionate believer in free speech who recognizes that if speech is truly to be free, we must protect the expression even of ideas we abhors. He catalogues with equal disapproval the effo...
Free speech for me - you shut up
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
The right to express offensive views is at the very heart of the principle of free speech.
Free Speech in a Plural Society
Malik, Kenan
Article
2006
The argument against free speech is really an argument in defence of particular sectional interests. And that is the best reason for rejecting restraints on speech. We can build a plural society in wh...
Free Speech in an Age of Identity Politics
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Transcript of Malik's TB Davie Memorial lecture on academic freedom at the University of Cape Town.
Freedom to Read Week
Website
Freedom to Read Week encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.
From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy
Malik, Kenan
Book
2009
Tells the story both of the Rushdie affair and of its transformative impact on cultural and political landscape of the West. The book explores the issues that the Rushide affair raised. in particular ...
Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of Democracy
Lapham, Lewis H.
Book
2004
Dissent is democracy. Democracy is in trouble. Never before, Lapham argues, have voices of protest been so locked out of the mainstream conversation. A call to action in defense of one of the most imp...
Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents
Article
2008
Advice and technical tips for the best way to launch a blog and how to get round online censorship. It includes an explanation of how to blog anonymously and contains articles by bloggers, particularl...
Hate Speech and Free Speech: The Wrong Kind of Climate Control
Manjarrez, Kieran
Article
2011
Laws against sedition, in whatever guise, are an attack on free speech. Unlike laws against those rare instances of incitement which trigger immediate and actual violence against a present target (as ...
Hate speech in a plural society
Malik, Kenan
Article
2005
One of the ironies of living in a more inclusive, more diverse society appears to be that the preservation of diversity requires us to leave increasingly to leave less room for a diversity of views. S...
Here come the thought police
Spratt, Michael; Moore, Chelsea
Article
2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declared his intention to fast-track legislation expanding CSIS and police powers of “surveillance, detention and arrest.”
Here We Go Again
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
One thing should be clear. The violence across the Muslim world in response to an American anti-Islamic film has nothing to do with that film. Yes, The Inocence of Muslims is a risibly crude diatribe ...
His Right to Say It
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1981
Chomsky takes the opportunity to clarify the details of the so-called Faurisson Affair in which he played a catalytic role by signing a controversial petition. He defends his involvement by reiteratin...
How "Hate Crimes Against Police" Expose the Fatal Flaw Within Hate Crime Statutes
Cantú, Aaron
Article
2015
Hate crime legislation lent legitimacy to a 40-year carceral program that has wrought immense damage on communities of colour. In an ironic twist, the police - who've been the main enforcers of this p...
If boycotts could change the system they'd be illegal
Mortinston, Peter
Article
1996
A ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal says that boycotting by a grassroots group Friends of the Lubicon Lake Cree Nation of Daishowa paper products was illegal because it resulted in economic harm t...
In Defense of Free Speech: It's Easier to Blame Bad Filmmakers Than to Address Massive War Crimes
Giambrone, Joe
Article
2012
The answer to speech you disagree with is … (drum roll) … MORE SPEECH.
Increasing Legal Suppression of Freedom of Thought and Expression in So-called Free and Democratic Societies: As evidence for increasing totalitarianism
Rancourt, Denis
Article
2015
That freedom of speech is the foundational individual right for a truly democratic system to exist or emerge. And that this freedom must be defended without compromise, and without bias against any pa...
I've changed my mind on the gay cake row. Here's why
Tatchell, Peter
Article
2016
Like most gay and equality campaigners, I initially condemned the Christian-run Ashers Bakery in Belfast over its refusal to produce a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan for a gay customer, Gareth Le...
Jailed by Israel for his cartoons, Mohammad Saba’aneh speaks out
Article
2013
Mohammad Saba’aneh, who has a daily cartoon in the Palestinian newspaper al-Hayat al-Jadida, has published his work in newspapers across the Arab world. His cartoons are decidedly political, frequentl...
Je Suis Charlie? It's a Bit Late
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Hardly had news begun filtering out about the Charlie Hebdo shootings, than there were those suggesting that the magazine was a 'racist institution' and that the cartoonists, if not deserving what the...
Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel
Article
2009
We are Jewish Canadians concerned about all expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and social injustice. We believe that the Holocaust legacy "Never again" means never again for all peoples. It is a tr...
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory: Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
Netizen Report: Why Did YouTube Censor Your Videos? You May Never Know.: Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights ar
Netizen Report Team
Article
2017
Amid an apparent shift in YouTube’s approach to monitoring for rules violations and staying in the good graces of advertisers, a wave of YouTube users have found their work either blocked or relegated...
No Debate: The Israel Lobby and Free Speech at Canadian Universities
Thompson, Jon
Book
2011
During 2008-2009, Israel lobby organizations made concerted efforts to block a planned conference on statehood for Israel and Palestine at Toronto's York University. Thompson probes the facts and cont...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 1, 2017: April 1 issue
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Other Voices always strives to present you with alternative views on important topics. This issue offers some really alternative perspectives and even some "alternative facts." As always, read critica...
Out of Bounds
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
Why do we talk so much about hate speech these days? Largely because hate speech has become a way of rebranding extremist ideas to stress their moral content; in other words, of rebranding obnoxious p...
Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice
Zinn, Howard
Book
1990
Essays looking at American political ideology.
PayPal admits US pressure over WikiLeaks account freeze
Addley, Esther
Article
2010
PayPal today admitted it suspended payments to WikiLeaks after an intervention from the US State Department.
Police Unions Sustain Police Violence Epidemic: Since when did we decide that police officers should be above the law?
Boardman, William
Article
2015
Two of the biggest police unions in the country are now on record in opposition to free speech. They are on record against constitutionally protected free speech that opposes the epidemic of police vi...
Pornography in a Free Society
Hawkins, Gordon, and Zimring, Franklin E.
Book
1988
An examination of public policy debates about pornography in the United States in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Progressives shouldn't be begging the police to take more power
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1984
The last thing we need is to hand the police even more power to decide what we are allowed to see or read.
Protect the Freedom to Shock
Malik, Kenan
Article
2001
Far from being the cornerstone of a diverse, plural society, the refusal to give offence shows respect neither for oneself nor for others. Respect for oneself requires self-belief, a willingness to ta...
The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault on freedom and a mockery of journalism
Pilger, John
Article
2012
Four years ago, a barely noticed Pentagon document, leaked by WikiLeaks, described how WikiLeaks and Assange would be destroyed with a smear campaign leading to "criminal prosecution". We are witnessi...
'Rachel' screening in San Francisco shows a growing movement tired of being censored about Israel
Gottlieb, Rabbi Lynn
Article
2009
A wide spectrum of individuals and organizations attempt to enforce the axiom: there shall be no public criticism of Israel. This platitude ironically goes hand in hand with the view that "Israel is t...
Radical Digressions 2
Diemer, Ulli
Website
1981
Radical Digressions 4
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2006
Radical Digressions 5
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2008
Radical Perspectives in the Arts
Baxandall, Lee (ed.)
Book
1972
An anthology of Marxist literary and cultural criticism.
Release of the Full TPP Text After Five Years of Secrecy Confirms Threats to Users' Rights
Malcolm, Jeremy; Sutton, Maira
Article
2015
Trade offices involved in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have finally released all 30 chapters of the trade deal today, a month after announcing the conclusion of the deal i...
Respect is a Two-Way Street
Tatchell, Peter
Article
2006
There is a whiff of hypocrisy among some Muslims who, in the name of being spared offence, want to censor other people's opinions.
The Right to Offend
Bonbnell, Kenneth H.
Article
1990
Humans do have a right to offend other humans, especially in presenting dissent from the views with which many people seem to be very content. This includes those views called religious.
Rights and Liberties: Introduction to Volume 9, Number 2, of the Connexions Digest (Rights & Liberties issue)
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1984
Civil liberties and human rights appear as a key dimension in almost every other field of social justice and social change, but those who seek a freer and more just society cannot rely on the state to...
Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Political Writings
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited with an introduction by Robert Looker)
Book
1972
A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
Some Elementary Comments on The Rights of Freedom of Expression
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1980
It is precisely in the case of horrendous ideas that the right of free expression must be most vigorously defended; it is easy enough to defend free expression for those who require no such defense.
They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby
Findley, Paul
Book
The author of this book served 11 terms as a Republican Congressman from Illinois. He describes the influence on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on the U.S. Senate and Houseof Rep...
Things My Students Don't Know
Schwalbe, Michael
Article
2016
One of the discussion exercises I use in my course on corporate power begins with the bare text of the First Amendment projected on screen at the front of the room. I tell students that this is a rece...
Trump, Namazie, Islam, Free Speech and the Left
Malik, Kenan
Article
On the odd relationship that many on the left have with Islam. They view all Muslims as helpless victims, and regard any criticism of Islam as a form of bigotry.
Utopian Essays and Practical Proposals
Goodman, Paul
Book
1951
Whatever the subject, Goodman asks: What blocks and limits human freedom, joy, and creativity? What tends to release, free, liberate? In criticizing society and life his purpose is to improve. Goodman...
We Are All – Fill in the Blank
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2015
We should condemn violence and terror, and defend freedom of the press. We should do so on the basis of consistent principles -- in contrast to the mainstream media and politicians, who condemn acts d...
When Free Speech Becomes Dead Silence - The Israel Lobby And A Cowed Academia
Editor
Article
2015
The sudden cancellation of an academic conference on Israel, as well as the lack of outcry from 'mainstream' media, demonstrates once again the skewed limits to 'free speech' in 'advanced' Western dem...
Why Banning Laura Kipnis Would Betray Wellesley's Academic Mission
Friedersdorf, Conor
Article
2017
Six professors at an elite American college insist that students will suffer "damage" or "injury" if speakers they may disagree with are allowed to speak on campus.
Why I had to face down the bullies trying to silence my supposedly 'offensive' stance on Islam
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2016
This week marked the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. The atrocity was a brutal attack not just on human life but also on the principle of free speech, one of the pillars of h...
Why This Radical Leftist is Disillusioned by Leftist Culture
Lamon, Bailey
Article
2016
I will always believe in "The Revolution". But I am becoming very frustrated with modern "activist" culture.
With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
Criminal cases for online political speech are now commonplace in the UK, notorious for its hostility to basic free speech and press rights. As The Independent's James Bloodworth reported last week, "...
Women Against Censorship
Burstyn, Varda
Book
1985
Essays which argue that women have nothing to gain by allying themselves with anti-feminist forces and mainstream politicians. The contributors say that censorhip will be used against feminists who se...
Women and Censorship - Letters to Index on Censorship
Article
1991
Reader comments on pornography and censorship.
Writing in an Age of Silence
Paretsky, Sara
Book
2007
Sara Paretsky explores the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparallelled repression of free speech and thought in the USA today.
Yesterday's News: Why Canada's Daily Newspapers are Failing Us
Miller John
Book
1998
Illuminates the decline of print journalism, suggests reasons for this decline and proposes solutions to reverse this downward trend.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Amnesty International, Canadian Section
Amnesty International is a worldwide human rights organization which works to secure the release of all prisoners of conscience, works for fair and prompt trials for all political prisoners, and works...
Beyond Borders -- Ensuring Global Justice for Children
Beyond Borders, a charitable organization, works to end all sexual crimes against children, especially cross-border crimes including sex tourism and child pornography. Beyond Borders is the Canadian a...
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Working to promote freedom of expression. CCPJ's main project is the IFEX Clearing House which operates an Action Alert Network and disseminates information on freedom of the press to organizations an...
Center for Democracy and Technology
Works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy ...
Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Committee on Free Acess to Information and Freedom of Expression
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the...
Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
We, non-believers, atheists, and ex-Muslims, are establishing or joining the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain to insist that no one be pigeonholed as Muslims with culturally relative rights nor deemed...
Feminists for Free Expression
Feminists for Free Expression (FFE) is a group of diverse feminists working to preserve the individual's right to see, hear and produce materials of her choice without the intervention of the state "f...
Forum 18
Everyone has the fundamental human right to freedom of thought, conscience and belief. This is firmly established in international law, notably in Article 18 of both the Universal Declaration of Human...
Freedom of Expression Institute
A society where everyone enjoys freedom of expression and the right to access and disseminate information and knowledge. MISSION OF FXI To fight for freedom of expression and eliminate inequalitie...
International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House
IFEX is comprised of 72 organizations from around the world who work together to promote and further freedom of expression. The IFEX communique is available in a number of languages as a weekly e-new...
KenanMalik.com
Kenan Malik's home page. See also blog at http://kenanmalik.wordpress.com. Academically, my main areas of interest are the history of ideas; the history and philosophy of science; the philosophy of m...
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is an international organization that defends imprisoned journalists and press freedom throughout the world, as well as the right to inform the public and to be informed, in ...
Society for Human Sexuality
Social and educational organization whose purpose is to promote understanding and appreciation for the many forms of adult intimate relationships and consensual sexual expression.

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African Journalists leaders summit outlines strategies to roll back impunity and defend journalists' rights
Sources News Release
2009
Leaders of the Federation of African Journalists have condemned at their biannual meeting in Djibouti on June 23rd, the unsafe and precarious working conditions of journalists in Africa.
ARTICLE 19 launches the Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality
Sources News Release
2009
ARTICLE 19 has launched The Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality, a ground-breaking document that will guide legislators, policy-makers and civil society in balancing the rights to ...
Authorities step up offensive against journalists and websites
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders is concerned about freedom of expression in Bahrain. In the past couple of months, two journalists have been charged because of what they wrote and the information ministry h...
Campaign for Freedom of Expression
Sources News Release
2008
CFI Canada isl inaugurating the Campaign for Free Expression, an ongoing series of events, activities and political initiatives in support of freedom of inquiry, thought and expression.
Canadian Court to the Entire World: No Links For You!
Sutton, Maira
2014
The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ordered Google to remove entire domains from its search results — a decision that could have enormous global implications on free expression. This is the late...
China's Great Cannon: New weapon to suppress free speech online
Lowenthal, Tom
2015
Chinese censorship of the internet is a well known fact but the tactics that the Chinese government uses -- and how similar those tactics are to the ones used by the NSA -- points to an international ...
China's new leadership faces censorship challenge
Sources News Release
2013
China's new leaders will face unprecedented challenges to controlling the media, even as journalists' efforts to test the system continue to carry great risk, according to a new report by the Committe...
The Cost of Free Speech
Lee, Simon
1990
In the wake of the Ayatollah's "fatwah" against Salman Rushdie and in the turbulent context of terrorism in Northern Ireland, free speech really can lead to death, according to the author. This book o...
Dangerous comments by pope on freedom of expression
Sources News Release
2015
Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the extremely disturbing comments about freedom expression that Pope Francis made to journalists last week, in which he put respect for religion and faith above...
Egypt: Security authorities confiscate book about corruption
Sources News Release
2009
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) reports that the Egyptian security authorities have confiscated a book entitled "A Flood of Corruption and the Advance of bin Laden in Algeria" ...
Fanning the flames of intolerance
The burning of books -- an ultimate form of control and condemnation
Henley, John
2010
A historical overview of book burnings by political and religious regimes.
Free Speech
Ten Principles for a Connected World
Ash, Timothy Garton
2016
Ash offers a manifesto for global free speech in the digital age.
Freedom of expression 'systematically violated' in Tibet
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the systematic violation of press freedom and free expression in Tibet.
Freedom of expression under attack in every region, say IFEX members on International Human Rights Day
Sources News Release
2009
To mark International Human Rights Day IFEX members paused to comment on violations of free expression as they commemorated the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Freedom of Expressions Award 2009 Shortlist Announced
Sources News Release
2009
Index on Censorship announces the shortlist for the 2009 Freedom of Expression Awards.
Handcuffed and herded
My big Alpine adventure with Switzerland's police
Clark, Andrew
2011
A journalist at the World Economic Forum Summit is detained and intimidated along with protestors by Swiss police.
Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
Human rights defender held in Saudi Arabia since mid-June on charge of 'annoying others'
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Mekhlef bin Dahham al-Shammari, a writer, human rights activist and social reformer who was arrested in Saudi Arab...
IFJ Demands End to Intimidation as Iran Shuts Journalists' Association
Sources News Release
2009
International Federation of Journalists calls on Iranian authorities to end the campaign of intimidation of journalists in the country following closure of the Association of Journalists in Tehran who...
IFJ Denounces Attempts by Freedom of Expression Group to Weaken Copyright Protection for Journalists
Sources News Release
2013
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today denounced a set of principles issued by Article 19 to unduly restrict creators' copyright protection.
International Coalition Launches 'Manila Principles' to Protect Freedom of Expression Worldwide
Sources News Release
2015
An international coalition launched the 'Manila Principles for Intermediary Liability' today - a roadmap for the global community to protect online freedom of expression and innovation around the worl...
Jail terms for defaming officials online under new law
Sources News Release
2014
Madagascar's National Assembly has quietly adopted a cybercrime law that provides for prison sentences for anyone insulting or defaming a state representative online. Debated and passed without anyone...
Journalism: Truth or Dare?
Hargreaves, Ian
2003
Ian Hargreaves discusses the history, development, future and ethics of journalism and describes journalists' relationship with the public. He focuses on the increase in journalism's influence and the...
Journalist faced prison for posting media relations number
King, Geoffrey
2013
Carlos Miller founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, a leading blog about free speech and press rights in the U.S., Miller has made it his mission to publicize examples of government ove...
Journalists Welcome European Call to Review Anti-Terrorism Laws
Sources News Release
2009
Ministers of the human rights network of the Council of Europe have called on their governments to review anti-terrorism laws in the face of strong criticism from journalists that some laws are in pra...
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
Sources News Release
2016
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
Making blasphemy an offence takes Europe back several centuries
Sources News Release
2010
Reporters Without Borders condemns #with the utmost firmness# a new defamation law in Ireland that establishes blasphemy as an offence punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros. The law took effect o...
Malaysian cartoonist faces sedition charges
Sources News Release
2010
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, a contributor to the popular news site Malaysiakini and author of a new col...
More websites blocked at government's behest
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders condemns the directive issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to Internet Service Providers instructing them to block access to 6 web pages on the grounds they a...
New extremism laws would stifle free speech
Index on Censorship
2015
New and vaguely defined counter-extremism laws threaten freedom of speech in the UK. Anyone who disagrees with the government can, theoretically, be banned from media exposure.
New National Security Law in China suppresses media freedom: IFJ says
Sources News Release
2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses strong concern for the National Security Law that was passed by the Chinese National People's Congress yesterday, on July 1, 2015.
Participants at IFEX General Meeting demand action
Sources News Release
2009
Free expression advocates from around the world gathered this week in Oslo, Norway for the General Meeting (GM) of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX).
PEN Canada calls for changes to human rights commission legislation
2008
Human rights commission legislation should be changed to ensure that commissions can no longer be used to attempt to restrict freedom of expression.
Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving sentences of 20 and 59 years in prison
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders urges the international community not to forget Nay Phone Latt or or Zarganar, one of Burmaâ##s best known comedians.
Reflecting on the plight of African journalists on World Refugee Day
PEN International
2015
Two Ethiopian writers in exile; two victims of the repression of freedom of speech.
Thailand: Call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom
Sources News Release
2009
Reporters Without Borders joined by 31 other organisations in a call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom.
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
Sources News Release
2009
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
UNESCO Urged to Continue Defending Freedom of Expression Worldwide
Simon, Joel et all
2009
Five IFEX members and one other organisation wrote to UNESCO, asking the UN body to continue acting as a defender and champion of freedom of expression worldwide.
Vietnam: Blogger's Arrest Alarms Free Speech Advocates
2009
Reporters Without Borders has condemned the arrest of Vietnamese pro-democracy blogger Nguyen Tien Trung on July 7 for allegedly engaging in anti-state activities.
What Are We Allowed to Say?
Bromwich, David
2016
Free speech is an aberration -- it is best to begin by admitting that. In most societies throughout history and in all societies some of the time, censorship has been the means by which a ruling group...
Why Spain's new gag law is threat to free flow of information
Bergareche,Borja
2015
Spain plans to ban demonstrations in front of government buildings on the basis of 'disturbing public safety'. The people of Spain refuse to accept this censorship and move to repeal the law by the en...
WiPC issues a call for solidarity for persecuted writers
Sources News Release
2009
To mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer (DoIW) on 15 November, the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC) is highlighting the cases of imprisoned writers and honouring those who have...

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