Wojciech Sadurski discusses with Helen Haft the criminal and civil defamation charges he is facing in Poland, his recent acquittal in one case, and the dangers to free speech and democracy under Poland’s Law and Justice Party.
Sergei Popov discusses with Helen Haft the threats that proposed amendments to Russia’s educational activities’ law pose for academic freedom, free speech and scientific development both within Russia and abroad.
Antoon De Baets argues that states that sacrifice their citizens first, sacrifice their history next.
Eric Heinze argues that states can and do proclaim their own past and present wrongdoings, even when international law does not strictly require it.
Since the passage of Pakistan’s blasphemy law in 1987, there have been dozens of extra judicial murders of individuals accused of blasphemy. Perpetrators of this vigilante justice rarely face consequences. Helen Haft and Joelle Fiss examine the repercussions of this law and its impact on free speech.
Ana Kasparian of #yourMSC asks our director Timothy Garton Ash about Facebook, free speech and democracy at the Munich Security Conference 2019.
Eric Heinze provocatively argues that no-platformers need to look into the mirror and examine their own blind spots.
Join us at the Bonavero Institute of Human rights on the 28th February for the launch of an Oxford-Stanford report on Facebook, free speech and democracy.
Lewis Willcocks talks to Dr Teresa M. Bejan, Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, about her recent book ‘Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration’ (Harvard University Press) and what early modern debates over religion can teach us about diversity and discourse in the twenty-first century.
O.T. Jones argues that the Ukrainian state should not restrict open historical debate but use its ‘expressive’ powers to foster a nuanced understanding of the past.
Join us online, with speakers Monika Bickert, Ken MacDonald, and Louise Richardson, to discuss what Facebook should do about hate and dangerous speech.
Bishop Dieser of Aachen examines our sixth principle, “Respect the believer but not necessarily the content of the belief”.
Free expression should not be considered as ‘just another’ human right. Any truly participatory political system cannot exist without it nor any legal system linked to such politics, argues Eric Heinze.
Designers need to pay attention to the architecture of theatres as possible political spaces, argues Richard Sennett.
Timothy Garton Ash delivers the fifth annual Cara ‘Science and Civilisation’ lecture at the Royal Society. The lecture outlines the principles of Free Speech Debate, with a particular regard to the situation in universities. The series takes its name from the lecture given by Albert Einstein at the Royal Albert Hall in 1933.
Arseny Bobrovksy of the parody account Kermlin Russia, talks to Helen Haft about self-censorship in Russia.
Free speech holds the powerful to account and is essential to ending apartheid’s legacy of division, argues Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi.
Hungarian academic and performer Peter Molnar explains the importance of Gondolatbátorság to his ‘Hate Speech’ Monologues.
There are two exceptional cases in which memory laws protect free speech, argue Grażyna Baranowska and Anna Wójcik.
Todd Landman explores the contradictions between the American Constitution and the freedoms it seeks to preserve.
Bill Snaddon describes Nigerian writers’ appeals to curb hate speech and ethnic stereotyping in a fragile nation.