Thirteen languages. Ten principles. One conversation.
Timothy Garton Ash
Privacy and reputation, the subjects of our eighth and ninth draft principles, are often closely linked - but they are not identical. There can be an infringement of your privacy, which is not a slur on your reputation: suppose you just don’t want people to know that you give half your income to help the poor. There can be a slur on your reputation which is not an infringement of you privacy: for example, the claim that as a government minister you suppressed vital intelligence as a government while making the case for your country to go to war.. (more...)
In May 2012, India's parliament withdrew a series of school textbooks that contained a political cartoon some MPs considered denigrating. Antoon De Baets discusses whether reputation, rights and public morals should ever trump educational free speech.
The definition of "reputation" is hard to pin down and has varied from age to age and place to place. Let us know your understanding of the word here.
In the landmark case of New York Times v Sullivan, in 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that criticism of public officials must be protected, even if some of the claims were inaccurate. Jeff Howard explains.
Type 'Bettina Wulff', the name of a former German president’s wife, into Google and the autocomplete function will add 'escort'. Is this algorithmic addition a form of defamation? Sebastian Huempfer explores the case.
What exactly was wrong with a historian publishing caustic anonymous reviews of his competitors' books on Amazon? Katie Engelhart explores the issues raised by a tragic-comic case.
A South African art gallery removed an explicit painting of President Jacob Zuma after pressure from the African National Congress, write Nimi Hoffmann and Maryam Omidi.
Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui was fired for publicly calling on President Felipe Calderón to clarify rumours that he suffered from alcoholism, writes Felipe Correa.