Tags: Freedom of Expression
Posted: Mon, 14 Aug 2017
Dozens of countries from all corners of the globe retain laws which punish blasphemy and most of them punish the 'crime' severely, according a report from the US government.
Posted: Wed, 02 Aug 2017
The UN's Human Rights Committee has told Pakistan to end its blasphemy laws and do more to protect religious minorities.
Posted: Tue, 25 Jul 2017
Organisers of a major conference on free thought say it has brought together "the largest gathering of ex-Muslims in history".
Posted: Tue, 25 Jul 2017
The National Secular Society has expressed its support for Richard Dawkins after a radio station cancelled one of his speeches because of his criticisms of Islam.
Posted: Fri, 21 Jul 2017
The Pakistani government is punishing people for social media posts which it considers blasphemous, and placing pressure on social media companies to help it do so.
Posted: Mon, 17 Jul 2017
A prominent group of ex-Muslims are facing calls to be banned from future Pride marches in London after a mosque complained about their criticisms of Islam.
Posted: Wed, 24 May 2017
An attempt by Labour MP Chris Hipkins to remove anti-blasphemy laws from New Zealand's statute book has failed after National Party and Maori Party MPs voted it down.
Posted: Wed, 10 May 2017
Indonesia, Denmark and New Zealand are facing calls to repeal their blasphemy laws, following the conviction of Jakarta's former governor for blasphemy and an investigation into Stephen Fry.
Posted: Mon, 08 May 2017
The National Secular Society has called for the repeal of Ireland's blasphemy law after Irish police dropped an investigation against Stephen Fry over a complaint of 'blasphemy' related to an interview aired in 2015.
Posted: Fri, 28 Apr 2017
A Saudi trial based "heavily on Koranic law" has resulted in a death sentence for a 'mentally ill' man who denounced the Islamic 'prophet' Mohammed.
Posted: Tue, 28 Mar 2017
Many Pakistanis and other Muslims from around the world called for the execution of a secular writer for blasphemy over the weekend, causing #HangAyazNizami to trend on Twitter.
Posted: Mon, 13 Feb 2017
University administrations are becoming increasingly "censorious", with 43% of universities censoring speech that might "offend" religious people, according to online magazine Spiked.
Posted: Thu, 19 Jan 2017
Members and supporters of the National Secular Society gathered in Portcullis House on Wednesday night to discuss the future of free speech, two years after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
Posted: Thu, 15 Dec 2016
Charles Walker MP has criticised the media for unleashing "a torrent of venom" against Louis Smith, and said the Government was "nowhere to be seen" when it should have been defending free expression.
Posted: Thu, 24 Nov 2016
Exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who lives under constant protection, has told AFP that Islamic fundamentalism has destroyed Bangladeshi society.
Posted: Thu, 03 Nov 2016
The senior lawyer tasked with reviewing the Government's legislation on counter-extremism has strongly criticised draft plans for tackling "non-violent extremism".
Posted: Wed, 02 Nov 2016
The National Secular Society has written an open letter to British Gymnastics calling on the body to reverse the two month suspension given to athlete Louis Smith for mocking Islam.
Posted: Fri, 21 Oct 2016
The Government has been criticised for failing to offer more detail on proposals for 'extremism disruption orders' – measures which the NSS has criticised for the damage they could cause to freedom of speech.
Posted: Thu, 20 Oct 2016
The press regulator IPSO has cleared Kelvin MacKenzie over an article in The Sun which asked why Channel 4 had "a presenter in a hijab fronting coverage of Muslim terror in Nice".
Posted: Thu, 25 Aug 2016
The NSS has tentatively welcomed parts of a report by the Home Affairs Committee on counter extremism and radicalisation. Aspects of the report have been criticised by free speech and counter-extremism advocates.