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Jodie Ginsberg: The new dissidents

Jodie Ginsberg: The new dissidents

In 1977, the Russian dissident Alexander Ginzburg -- whose detention and sentencing almost a decade earlier helped to spur the creation of Index on Censorship -- was again arrested by the Soviet authorities.

Censorship and university student unions

Censorship and university student unions

Degree leader Matt Grimes asks why censorship issues have arisen at UK universities -- the very places that should be open to competing ideas and consistency.

Harry Potter and the Inevitable Sectarian War

Harry Potter and the Inevitable Sectarian War

The desire to believe in the purity of a text leads to dangerous places, writes Padraig Reidy

China’s Sina Weibo is in danger of becoming boring – just how the authorities want it

China’s Sina Weibo is in danger of becoming boring – just how the authorities want it

The success of China's censorship of microblogging sites could become a model for other nations, says Padraig Reidy

Egypt: Memories of Police Day

Egypt: Memories of Police Day

25 January is once again a celebration of authoritarianism, says Tom Rollins

The problem with “Orwellian”

The problem with “Orwellian”

Orwell was less than impressed with inaccurate use of English. Padraig Reidy feels the same

Blasphemy is in the eye of the believer

Blasphemy is in the eye of the believer

The petition against Maajid Nawaz is deeply offensive, says Padraig Reidy

Dieudonne is a racist. And he has a right to free speech

Dieudonne is a racist. And he has a right to free speech

It's important to look ugly arguments in the eye, says Padraig Reidy

Keir Starmer advocates for cultural guidelines for police

Keir Starmer advocates for cultural guidelines for police

Human Right’s lawyer, Keir Starmer, who has just completed a five year stint as Director of Public Prosecutions for the Crown Prosecution Service, has been active in drawing up guidelines for sensitive areas of criminal law. Julia Farrington writes

On Leveson, language and topsy-turviness

On Leveson, language and topsy-turviness

A response to the Media Standards Trust's Martin Moore

Why no conviction for the men who killed Martin O’Hagan?

Why no conviction for the men who killed Martin O’Hagan?

On the eve of International Day to End Impunity, the murderers of a Belfast journalist still evade justice, writes Padraig Reidy

Facebook video policy attempts to ‘draw the line’ on free speech

Facebook video policy attempts to ‘draw the line’ on free speech

The question anyone who defends free speech gets asked most frequently is "Where do you draw the line?" The announcement by Facebook today that it will allow users to post videos of beheadings is bound to raise that question, Padraig Reidy writes

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