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Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch which depicted Mohammed

Bath Student Union and university chaplains blocked comedy sketch which depicted Mohammed

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:42

Student Union officials and university chaplains ordered a sketch featuring Mohammed cut from a student comedy show, because it caused "great offence."

Queen’s University Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo event for ‘security’ reasons

Queen’s University Belfast cancels Charlie Hebdo event for ‘security’ reasons

Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:45

Queen's University Belfast has cancelled an event on the fallout from the attack on Charlie Hebdo, citing fears over the university's "reputation" and "security" if the talk went ahead.

Charlie Hebdo awarded Secularist of the Year prize for response to Paris attacks

Charlie Hebdo awarded Secularist of the Year prize for response to Paris attacks

Posted: Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:12

The National Secular Society has awarded Charlie Hebdo the annual Secularist of the Year prize, for its courageous response to the terror attack on its Paris office.

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Jordan proposes ban on “insults to religions” at next Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting

Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:21

Jordan has introduced an emergency item to the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, calling for a ban on insulting religion or religious symbols.

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Street preacher fined for using “abusive” language after quoting Leviticus

Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:28

Street preacher Michael Overd has been found guilty of using "threatening" or "abusive" words after making homophobic remarks during a sermon delivered in Taunton High Street.

“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

“Be Careful With Mohammed”: Muslim Action Forum launches “legal strategy” to stop publication of insults to Mohammed

Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50

The Muslim Action Forum, which staged a protest outside Downing Street against Charlie Hebdo in February, has launched a "legal strategy" to stop insults against Mohammed.

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

NSS warns of ‘de-facto’ blasphemy laws at European Parliament

Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:57

The National Secular Society has raised concerns about the limits imposed on free speech by unofficial blasphemy laws enforced by the threat of violence.

New poll shows significant minority of UK Muslims support attacks on Charlie Hebdo

New poll shows significant minority of UK Muslims support attacks on Charlie Hebdo

Posted: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:06

10% of UK Muslims aged 18-34 agreed with the statement that "organisations which publish images of the Prophet Mohammed deserve to be attacked".

French religious leaders asked to sign free speech declaration

French religious leaders asked to sign free speech declaration

Posted: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 16:34

Reporters Without Borders is asking French religious leaders to sign a statement declaring that "everyone is free to express criticism… of any system of political, philosophical or religious thought."

Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes new freedom of expression guidelines

Equality and Human Rights Commission publishes new freedom of expression guidelines

Posted: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:04

New guidance on freedom of expression has been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Anglican vicar denounces Charlie Hebdo as “vile”, says religion should be protected from ridicule

Anglican vicar denounces Charlie Hebdo as “vile”, says religion should be protected from ridicule

Posted: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:38

An Anglican vicar has described the French satirical, anti-racist magazine Charlie Hebdo as a "nihilistic little rag" and compared their cartoons to the anti-Semitic publications of Nazi Germany.

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.