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New Charlie Hebdo editor speaks out to defend secularism

New Charlie Hebdo editor speaks out to defend secularism

Posted: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:13

Gérard Biard, editor of Charlie Hebdo, has spoken out on the virtues of a free press and on the importance of satirising religion.

Sky News cuts-off live interview and “apologises” for airing image of Prophet Mohammed

Sky News cuts-off live interview and “apologises” for airing image of Prophet Mohammed

Posted: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:50

Caroline Fourest, former writer for Charlie Hebdo, was cut off during a live interview with Sky News as she held up a copy of the Charlie Hebdo magazine front cover.

Egyptian cleric warns of “new wave of hatred” over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Egyptian cleric warns of “new wave of hatred” over Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Posted: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:20

The Egyptian Grand Muftihas criticised Charlie Hebdo's decision to print a new cartoon featuring the Prophet Mohammed and warned of a "new wave of hatred."

BBC restrictions on depicting Mohammed must be abolished, says NSS

BBC restrictions on depicting Mohammed must be abolished, says NSS

Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 10:38

The National Secular Society is calling on the Government to compel the BBC to remove a restriction on any depiction of the prophet Mohammed.

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

IHEU report reveals extent of global discrimination against non-believers

Posted: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:26

The International Humanist and Ethical Union's second annual report on the state of human rights for non-believers, atheists and agnostics around the world has found a global "trend towards targeting 'atheists'."

New BBC consultation ‘an opportunity to challenge Thought For The Day’

New BBC consultation ‘an opportunity to challenge Thought For The Day’

Posted: Fri, 05 Dec 2014 11:17

The BBC has launched a new consultation asking listeners what they like and dislike about its speech radio output. The NSS is calling on its supporters to again raise the contentious issue of Thought For The Day.

EU parliament calls on Pakistan to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy

EU parliament calls on Pakistan to abolish the death penalty for blasphemy

Posted: Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:29

The European parliament has voted for a resolution condemning Pakistan's blasphemy laws, saying that they were increasingly being used to "target vulnerable minority groups."

Peer faces formal complaint after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur’an"

Peer faces formal complaint after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur’an"

Posted: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:44

Lord Pearson of Rannoch is facing a formal complaint from Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, after calling on Muslims to "address the violence in the Qur'an."

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.