Tags: Freedom of Expression
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".
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.
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.
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.
Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 07:24
Newtownabbey Borough Council in Northern Ireland has overturned its ban on a play that spoofs the Bible.
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.
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".
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:05
Last week new NSS honorary associate Professor Lawrence Krauss caused controversy when he threatened to walk out of a UCL debate with a Muslim group because the audience had been sexually segregated.
Posted: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:53
International Humanist and Ethical Union representative Roy Brown has again spoken out at the United Nations Human Rights Council to remind Islamic States of their responsibility to uphold the right to freedom of expression.
Posted: Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:14
The International Humanist and Ethical Union has reminded the UN Human Rights Council of the need to protect the right to freedom of expression while taking steps to combat "hate speech".