Thirteen languages. Ten principles. One conversation.
|1||We – all human beings – must be free and able to express ourselves, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers.||»|
|2||We defend the internet and all other forms of communication against illegitimate encroachments by both public and private powers.||»|
|3||We require and create open, diverse media so we can make well-informed decisions and participate fully in political life.||»|
|4||We speak openly and with civility about all kinds of human difference.||»|
|5||We allow no taboos in the discussion and dissemination of knowledge.||»|
|6||We neither make threats of violence nor accept violent intimidation.||»|
|7||We respect the believer but not necessarily the content of the belief.||»|
|8||We are all entitled to a private life but should accept such scrutiny as is in the public interest.||»|
|9||We should be able to counter slurs on our reputations without stifling legitimate debate.||»|
|10||We must be free to challenge all limits to freedom of expression and information justified on such grounds as national security, public order, morality and the protection of intellectual property.||»|
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The celebrated English novelist on Islam's 'totalitarian moment' and why freedom of expression is not religion’s enemy but its protector.
A Japanese video game that involved raping women was banned three years after its creation following an international outcry by women's groups, writes Judith Bruhn.
At the London School of Economics Students's Union Freshers' Fair members of the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society were asked to cover up their T-shirts displaying a Jesus and Mo cartoon. This panel discussion discusses the freedom to offend and how to balance freedom of expression and civility.
A prank by a 14 year-old Dutch girl on Twitter prompted both her arrest – and broader questions about free speech, as Max Harris discusses.
In January 2012, the French Senate approved a law criminalising the denial of any genocide recognised by the state, writes Clementine de Montjoye.
Matthew Walton explores the deeper Buddhist context of right speech – and soul-searching on Buddhist internet message boards.
Kerem Oktem describes the narrowing room for satire and free expression in Islamist-ruled Turkey.
Leslie Green argues that Buddhist ideas about avoiding divisive, abusive and false speech can help us live together well in free societies
The first edition of the magazine since the attack in which 12 people were killed featured a cartoon of Muhammad on its cover. Myriam Francois-Cerrah objects.
Timothy Garton Ash on the first issue since the assassinations, and its Muhammad cartoon cover
Timothy Garton Ash suggests a European media week of solidarity, including republication of Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
Peter Bradley argues that we should tolerate offence but be less offensive
by Timothy Garton Ash
Jo Fidgen asks what the hard evidence is for negative effects of pornography on sexual behaviour.
Maryam Omidi describes a mapping of the Russian media landscape in 2014.
Martin Moore, of the Media Standards Trust, summarises an analysis of British press coverage of proposed new press regulation.