Thirteen languages. Ten principles. One conversation.
Reader of Free Speech Debate “jagracie” asked us to write on the “appalling article written in Zimbabwe” and respond with something that could help readers hold hate speech to account. Dominic Burbidge gives his best suggestion.
Faisal Devji explores the deeper lessons from the forced withdrawal of an ‘alternative history’ of the Hindus.
For one taxi company in the Russian town of Kostroma, the answer turned out to be yes. Sergey Fadeev explains.
Max Harris examines a historic judgment by India’s Supreme Court and its lessons for other countries.
Luigi Cajani explains how Italy’s draft law on the denial of international crimes minimises the impact on intellectual freedom.
We regularly highlight comments left by our users. Chris discusses the interpretation of roast beef with custard.
Katie Engelhart spoke to Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab hours before he was sentenced to six months in jail for a Tweet.
Kerem Oktem describes the narrowing room for satire and free expression in Islamist-ruled Turkey.
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.
by Timothy Garton Ash
Maryam Omidi describes a mapping of the Russian media landscape in 2014.
Timothy Garton Ash presents ‘sample tours’ of our content: three for the general reader, and three specifically for schools.
The world is blue. Compare 2014 to 2009 and you see how Facebook has strengthened its global predominance among social networks, with just a few big hold-out countries.
Since Facebook launched in 2005 its default privacy settings have undergone radical changes, giving more access to personal data than many are aware of.
We regularly highlight comments from our users. In the last six months we have had quite a few insightful comments, contributing to our online debate.
Sebastian Huempfer describes the difficulties in having outdated information removed from Google, and explains why this might be a good thing.
The group Jews for Jesus published a video entitled “That Jew died for you“, depicting Jesus as a victim of the Holocaust. Rabbi Laura Janner –Klausner called for the offensive video to be removed from YouTube. Brian Pellot discusses the free speech implications.
A law banning swear words in the arts in Russia has come into effect in July 2014. Maryam Omidi discusses the implications.
Not if John Kerry’s visit to Cairo and the next day’s verdict in the Al-Jazeera trial are anything to go by, writes Max Gallien.
Charles Taylor asks what motivates practices of exclusion on the basis of religious identity and expression. Dominic Burbidge reports.
Kim Wilkinson looks at an unusual order to ‘correct’ a cartoon, and the cartoonist’s clever reply.
Kim Wilkinson reports on a counter-speech event held at Google London on creating the positive online.
Sebastian Huempfer reviews a new dictionary that may help native speakers better understand the European Union’s weird brand of the English language.
Timothy Garton Ash introduces a translation of our ten principles into Catalan and a reflection on having Catalan as your native language.
Free Speech Debate web developer Simon Dickson describes the new open source code developed for our – or any other – multi-language Word Press site.
Is internet access a human right? What are the limits of free speech online and what should they be? By Judith Bruhn.
The debate raised by revelations of NSA surveillance has drawn our attention to how we are being tracked online. Sebastian Huempfer describes a new tool to show us how those electronic cookies crumble.
Tamás Szigeti explores the asymmetric narrowing of free speech in Hungary.