Hungarian academic and performer Peter Molnar explains the importance of Gondolatbátorság to his ‘Hate Speech’ Monologues.
Tore Slaatta investigates Norwegian artists’ views on their freedom of expression in contemporary society.
Hartosh Bal explains the role of the new Freedom Trust in the context of India’s media environment, and how they hope to defend freedom of expression.
John Donatich, the director of Yale University Press, explains and defends his decision not to include illustrations in Jytte Klausen’s book.
Professor Jytte Klausen analyses and criticises Yale University Press’s decision to remove images of Muhammad from her scholarly book on the Danish cartoons controversy.
Middle East specialist Rory McCarthy examines the role of Islamist movement Ennahdha in shaping, and constraining, freedom of speech in Tunisia after the Arab Spring.
Kim Wilkinson examines the case of celebrated Australian artist Bill Henson, who caused controversy in 2008 with his photography that featured images of naked teenagers.
Katie Engelhart visits a shunga exhibition at the British Museum, and asks if the sexually explicit can be art. Along the way she explores issues of artistic intent and temporality.
Katie Engelhart speaks to Ahmad Akkari to find out why he apologised to one of the Danish cartoonists eight years after fuelling worldwide fury.
We regularly highlight comments that have made an impression on us. FSD user Perreaoult argues that Art has to be completely free as an instrument of expression.
The Mormons reacted brilliantly to the musical satirising their faith, but something important is lost when we treat religions so differently – writes Katie Engelhart.
The Russian parliament’s vote in support of a declaration against acts offending religious sentiments is symptomatic of worrying trends, write Olga Shvarova and Dominic Burbidge.
Did the European Court of Human Rights wrongly considered the distribution of child pornography to be an exercise of freedom of expression in the case Karttunen v. Finland, asks Rónán Ó Fathaigh.
Timothy Garton Ash delivers the Orwell Lecture at an unprecedented literary festival in Rangoon. He talks about three Orwells and three Burmas.
The relationship between writers and the state is complex, multifaceted and changing. At the Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 a panel of experts explores some of the issues faced by writers around the world.
The award-winning Indian novelist and activist speaks to Manav Bhushan about the limits to free speech in India, including government censorship through the media and “goon squads”.
How a dance theatre production addresses issues of free speech, Islam and multiculturalism. Lloyd Newson, creator of ‘Can we talk about this?’, speaks to Maryam Omidi.
भारतीय कार्टूनिस्ट असीम त्रिवेदी हाल ही में राजद्रोह के आरोप में गिरफ्तार किये गए थे। मानव भूषण चर्चा करते है कि कैसे भारत की दंड संहिता के एक पुराने अनुभाग को सरकार आलोचकों को चुप करने के लिए इस्तेमाल करती है।
Olga Shvarova argues that Russian officials used the Orthodox Church as a political pawn to reinforce their own power during the Pussy Riot trial.
Historian Khaled Fahmy describes how historic Egyptian books are more easily found in Western than in Egyptian libraries – and how a scholarly history of the Middle East was recently banned from entering Egypt.
During the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, a Turkish National TV presenter censored John Lennon’s song Imagine. FSD team member Funda Ustek discusses how Turkey is trying to eliminate its citizens’ ability to imagine a world without religion.
Romedia Foundation aims to disseminate an insider’s view of Romani issues, empower Romani activists and challenge stereotypes through new media.
In 2011, a South African court banned the anti-apartheid song “Shoot the Boer” after ruling it hate speech, writes Nimi Hoffmann.
From the Black Power Salute to Kozakiewicz’s Gesture, the Olympics have long served as a platform for political demonstrations, writes Brian Pellot.
मरयम ओमिदी लिखती है कि 2008 में छह ब्रिटिश आईएसपी ने एक विकिपीडिया पृष्ठ को अवरोधित कर दिया था जिसमें एक नाबालिक नग्न लड़की की छवि के साथ एक एल्बम कवर था।
A South Korean photographer explains his ordeal in holding an exhibition in Japan that documents ageing ‘Comfort Women’, writes Lee Yoo Eun.
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.
एक जापानी वीडियो गेम जिसमें महिलाओं का बलात्कार करना उद्देश्य था वह उसके निर्माण के तीन साल बाद महिलाओं के समूहों द्वारा एक अंतरराष्ट्रीय चिल्लाहट के बाद प्रतिबंध लगा दिया गया था।
The third episode of the On Free Speech podcast features exclusive interviews with filmmaker Nick Sturdee on the Russian art collective Voina and stand-up comedian Tom Greeves on the UK’s parody laws.
मानव भूषण लिखते है कि लेखक सलमान रुश्दी ने जयपुर साहित्य महोत्सव में अपनी उपस्थिति रद्द कर दी जब उन्हें सूचित किया गया कि “मुंबई अंडरवर्ल्ड से पेशावर हत्यारे” उन्हें मारने के लिए आ रहे है
BBC television’s broadcast of Jerry Springer: The Opera in January 2005 was met with protests by Christian groups. Maryam Omidi discusses whether the BBC was right to air the programme.
In 2010, Polish singer Doda was charged with “offending religious feelings” after she said she believed more in dinosaurs than the creation story in the Bible. Annabelle Chapman considers the case.
1987 में, न्यूयॉर्क स्थित कलाकार एन्ड्रेस सेर्रानो अपने ही मूत्र को एक जार में रख उसमें एक प्लास्टिक का ईद्भास डूबोई और तस्वीर खींच ली। परिणामस्वरूप कार्य – पूर्ण शीर्षक : विसर्जन (मूत्र मसीह) – 1989 में मामूली प्रशंसा के साथ प्रदर्शित किया गया था, और इसने समकालीन कला के दक्षिणपूर्वी केंद्र का “दृश्य कला में पुरस्कार” जीता। सेर्रानो ने तस्वीर को धर्म के व्यावसायीकरण पर एक टिप्पणी के रूप वर्णन किया था।