Tag Archives: free speech

The Queen’s speech and free speech

Padraig Reidy: The Queen’s speech and free speech

London court ruling could have grave consequences for free speech online.

A ruling at the Appeal Court in London yesterday could set a dangerous precedent on one of the most important issues in online free speech. The ruling could mean that Internet Service Providers such as Google and Facebook become recognised as “publishers” of material, rather than “mere conduits” and thus legally responsible for material posted [...]

Pope Benedict’s history of censorship

Many, many things will be written about the papacy of Benedict XVI in the coming days (as a good summary of Ratzinger’s reign, I’d highly recommend this from John Hooper). For me, it’s worth noting, briefly, Joseph Ratzinger’s historic association with Vatican censorship. Previous to becoming Pope in 2005, Ratzinger had been head of the [...]

Is this America’s Twitter Joke Trial?

Padraig Reidy: Is this America’s Twitter Joke Trial?

New US phone law a danger to free speech

Brian Pellot: New US phone law a danger to free speech rights

Arsenal ticket protest ban yet another blow to football fans’ free speech

Simon Hattenstone: Arsenal ticket protest ban yet another blow to football fans’ free speech

The Burchill saga encapsulates the free speech issues of our age

Jane Fae: The Burchill saga encapsulates the free speech issues of our age

Julie Burchill, Lynne Featherstone, and Leveson

There has been a hell of a lot written in the past week or so since the New Statesman published feminist writer Suzanne Moore’s article Seeing red: the power of female anger, and I really do not want to go over the details again. There’s more to be written on transgender issues by people with [...]

The British MPs who want to ban “The Innocence Of Muslims”

Padraig Reidy: The British MPs who want to ban “The Innocence Of Muslims”

Mere conduit no more: Italian court threatens international web freedom

UPDATE: An appeals court in Milan acquitted today three Google executives of violating the privacy of an Italian boy with autism, in the so-called “Vividown” case. “We’re very happy that the verdict has been reversed and our colleagues’ names have been cleared. Of course, while we are delighted with the appeal, our thoughts continue to be [...]