Tags: Freedom of Expression
Posted: Fri, 09 Jan 2015 by Sadikur Rahman
The British print and media press's response to the Charlie Hebdo attack has involved victim blaming, obfuscation and self-censorship, argues Sadikur Rahman.
Posted: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 by Terry Sanderson
Following the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, NSS president Terry Sanderson insists we cannot, as a society, place religion beyond the reach of satire or critical examination.
Posted: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 by Terry Sanderson
On 21 June 2014, NSS President Terry Sanderson spoke at the Chatham Unitarian Church, about the importance of equalities protections and secularism to religious freedom. This is a transcript of his speech.
Posted: Sun, 09 Feb 2014 by Abhishek Phadnis
The mainstream media's craven refusal to print the Jesus & Mo cartoon seriously undermines the principle of free expression, and will further embolden professional offense takers, argues Abhishek Phadnis.
Posted: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 by Anne Marie Waters
Baroness Warsi's partnership with the OIC means it is only a matter of time before we are completely silenced in the name of religious freedom, argues Anne Marie Waters
Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 by Abhishek Phandis
LSE censorship – a first-hand account of what happened last week by Abhishek Phandis.
Posted: Wed, 14 Aug 2013 by Nahla Mahmoud
Nahla Mahmoud argues that authorities, groups and individuals who use apostasy as a weapon to silence others or to justify their existence need to challenged.
Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2013 by Calum Grant
NSS member Calum Grant questions how narrow are the limits afforded to freedom of speech when criticising or satirising religion.
Posted: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 by Terry Sanderson
It is estimated that throughout the Muslim world something like just ten to twenty thousand people have taken part in the rampages that have dominated the headlines for a week. Terry Sanderson says these few Islamist extremists must not lead us to to compromise our commitment to the values of democracy and freedom.
Posted: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson says Muslims who are protesting about the new BBC sitcom Citizen Khan should calm down. The sitcom, he argues, has the potential to do a big favour for Muslims in Britain if it is allowed to develop without every episode bringing a flood of complaints from those who take offense.
Posted: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 by Robert C. Blitt
Associate Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, Robert C. Blitt explains why The US Department of State and numerous human rights organizations are premature in heralding the end of attempts to entrench an international norm prohibiting blasphemy at the United Nations
Posted: Wed, 01 Aug 2012 by Terry Sanderson
If you can't even say "hogwash" about religion, then isn't debate is restricted to the point of being impossible? With its decision this week to uphold a complaint against Jeremy Paxman, Terry Sanderson says the BBC Trust has pulled the noose about the neck of free speech a little tighter.
Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood
Keith Porteous Wood explains why no-one has the right not to be offended, and no-one is entitled to have their feelings protected.
A message from Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society and Simon Calvert of The Christian Institute
Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012 by Keith Porteous Wood
A week ago we launched Reform Section 5 with a press conference in the House of Commons. The reaction was exactly what we hoped for: within hours everyone was talking about how ridiculous it is to outlaw insults.
Posted: Mon, 14 May 2012 by National Secular Society
Christian blogger Archbishop Cranmer is under investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority after he reproduced an advertisement from the group "Coalition for Marriage" which is seeking to thwart the Government's plans to legalise same-sex marriage.
Posted: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 by Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie Waters argues that concerns over 'islamophobia' means truth and fair comment is under attack.
Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2012 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson on why he opposes the efforts of a humanist politician trying to prosecute a Catholic Bishop for hate speech.
Posted: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 by Terry Sanderson
The conflation of religion with race, and Islam with Muslims, is becoming an insidious tool to blackmail and stop people questioning Islamists and their activities – aided by misguided liberals.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 by Ann Marie Waters
Ann Marie Waters' account of how her talk on sharia and human rights at Queen Mary College, London was cancelled at the last moment because of an Islamist who made serious threats against everyone there.