Tags: Freedom of Expression
Posted: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:53
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 10:38
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 16:21
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 14:58
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 09:49
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 11:10
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 15:03
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.
Posted: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:41
Security minister Karen Bradley MP has faced strong criticism in a letter from the Defend Free Speech coalition, following her appearance before the Joint Committee on Human Rights.
Posted: Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:45
Tech companies including Facebook and Twitter have signed up to a new European Commission plan designed to clampdown on online "hate speech."
Posted: Wed, 18 May 2016 16:02
A broad coalition of campaign groups including the National Secular Society has warned that proposals contained in the Queen's Speech could criminalise a "wide swathe of speech."
Posted: Tue, 10 May 2016 06:57
The National Secular Society has welcomed comments from Trevor Phillips calling for the "active integration" of religious minorities but warned that this cannot be done without tackling faith schools.
Posted: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:22
Two Turkish journalists have been sentenced to two years in prison for republishing a cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo with a cartoon of Muhammad.
Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:07
The National Secular Society has written to the Bangladeshi High Commission criticising their government's inaction over a spate of Islamist killings.
Posted: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:47
A Kuwaiti philosopher was questioned over blasphemy charges after she said that religion and politics should be separate and that placing the Koran above the constitution was "undoing" democracy.
Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 16:30
A new report on identity and immigration has found that nearly half of England's population support legal limits on free speech when religion is concerned, and that support for free speech has fallen significantly.
Posted: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:38
A student-led free speech campaign supported by the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam is urging for reform of campus debate, as the NUS faces calls from secularists and ex-Muslims to revise 'safe space' policies.
Posted: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:58
Plans in Georgia to pass an anti-blasphemy measure with punitive fines for 'offences' have drawn criticism from a non-Orthodox bishop, and from an MP of the ruling coalition.
Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:23
The National Secular Society has welcomed a court's ruling that Northern Ireland Pastor James McConnell is "not guilty" for a sermon he uploaded online that was critical of Islam.
Posted: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:47
The judge presiding over the trial of Pastor James McConnell – accused of sending a grossly offensive message by uploading a sermon critical of Islam – will not give a verdict until 5 January 2016.
Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:38
The NSS has defended cinema chains' freedom to refuse religious or political advertising after the Equality and Human Rights Commission accused them of "failing to uphold Britain's long tradition of freedom of expression."