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EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

EU publishes guidelines on protecting free expression abroad

Posted: Tue, 20 May 2014 13:44

The Council of the European Union has adopted human rights guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline.

Police compensate street preacher after arrest for preaching biblical condemnation of homosexuals

Police compensate street preacher after arrest for preaching biblical condemnation of homosexuals

Posted: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:11

Greater Manchester Police have awarded a Christian street preacher £13,000 in compensation after he was put in a cell, without food and water for 19 hours, for preaching against homosexuality.

BBC drops homosexuality debate from 'Free Speech' show after objections from mosque

BBC drops homosexuality debate from 'Free Speech' show after objections from mosque

Posted: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:25

The BBC has controversially dropped a debate on homosexuality from a live panel discussion show because of objections from Birmingham Central Mosque in which the programme was being filmed.

French Islamists seek to use blasphemy law to silence critics

French Islamists seek to use blasphemy law to silence critics

Posted: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:19

French Islamists are suing the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for blasphemy after it published a front cover carrying the slogan "The Koran is crap, it doesn't stop bullets".

Channel 4 defends censorship of Jesus and Mo cartoon

Channel 4 defends censorship of Jesus and Mo cartoon

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:48

Channel 4 has responded to criticism of its censorship of the Jesus & Mo cartoon by saying it did not want to cause offence to its audience.

Censorship on Channel 4 News: an open letter to the editor

Censorship on Channel 4 News: an open letter to the editor

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:25

The National Secular Society has written to the editor of Channel 4 News to express concern over a decision to censor a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad during its broadcast on Tuesday 28 January.

University Islamic Society tries to stop talk because speaker didn’t condemn Maajid Nawaz

University Islamic Society tries to stop talk because speaker didn’t condemn Maajid Nawaz

Posted: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:24

Students from the University of Plymouth's Islamic Society failed in their efforts to get a speaker from the anti-extremist think tank Quilliam banned this week. They wanted his talk cancelled because he failed to condemn Maajid Nawaz's tweeting of the Jesus and Mo cartoon.

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” Bible play

Northern Ireland council lifts ban on “blasphemous” Bible play

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:24

Newtownabbey Borough Council in Northern Ireland has overturned its ban on a play that spoofs the Bible.

Fundamentalist Christians claim victory over “gay cure” bus advert

Fundamentalist Christians claim victory over “gay cure” bus advert

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:32

The Christian Legal Centre and the Core Issues Trust are claiming that a Court of Appeal decision today over the banning of an advertisement on London buses is "an important victory" – even though the ban remains in place for the time being.

Government drops plans to outlaw "annoying" behaviour

Government drops plans to outlaw "annoying" behaviour

Posted: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:45

Government ministers have abandoned plans to replace anti-social behaviour orders with injunctions to prevent "nuisance and annoyance".

Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz under pressure for posting Jesus and Mo cartoon on twitter

Parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz under pressure for posting Jesus and Mo cartoon on twitter

Posted: Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:03

A petition has been set up in support of Maajid Nawaz, the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn, who posted an innocuous 'Jesus and Mo' cartoon on his Twitter timeline

Government defeated as peers vote to reform Clause 1

Government defeated as peers vote to reform Clause 1

Posted: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:56

The House of Lords has voted down a government proposal to hand police new powers to clamp down on "annoying" behaviour.

NSS welcomes LSE apology over Jesus & Mo debacle

NSS welcomes LSE apology over Jesus & Mo debacle

Posted: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:02

The London School of Economics (LSE) has apologised to two students who were forced to cover up t-shirts featuring pictures from the satirical comic strip Jesus and Mo.

Non-religious suffer discrimination or persecution in most countries of the world, new report finds

Non-religious suffer discrimination or persecution in most countries of the world, new report finds

Posted: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:51

A report, published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), has found that the non-religious are discriminated against, or outright persecuted, in most countries of the world. In 12 countries, people who openly espouse atheism or reject the official state religion of Islam face execution.

Section 5 reform to come into effect in February

Section 5 reform to come into effect in February

Posted: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:31

A free speech reform backed by The National Secular Society will come into effect on 1 February next year.

Feel free to annoy me: new campaign launched to protect free expression

Feel free to annoy me: new campaign launched to protect free expression

Posted: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:04

The National Secular Society has joined together with religious groups and civil liberties campaigners to launch a new campaign to challenge Government proposals to outlaw "annoying" behaviour.

LSE student Society intimidated at Freshers' Fair over "offensive" t-shirts

LSE student Society intimidated at Freshers' Fair over "offensive" t-shirts

Posted: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:45

A row over free expression has broken out at the LSE after members of the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society were told they would be physically removed from the annual Freshers' Fair.

Rowan Atkinson sketch cleared by Ofcom

Rowan Atkinson sketch cleared by Ofcom

Posted: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 17:05

A sketch by Rowan Atkinson that was shown on BBC as part of the Comic Relief fund-raising event has been cleared of being offensive by the media regulator Ofcom.

Ninety-nine people convicted of blasphemy in Malta last year

Ninety-nine people convicted of blasphemy in Malta last year

Posted: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:58

99 individuals were convicted in Malta last year for "public blasphemy". This was down from 119 the year before. It is a criminal offense to utter publicly any obscene or indecent words, make obscene acts or gestures or in any other way offend public morality, propriety or decency.

Campaign in Egypt urges citizens to remove religion from ID Cards

Campaign in Egypt urges citizens to remove religion from ID Cards

Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:49

In an attempt to disentangle religion and citizenship, activists in Egypt are encouraging citizens to remove their religious affiliation from their national identity cards.