Archive for 'Freedom of Expression'
Andrew O’Hagan tells a fascinating story of what it was like to ghost write Julian Assange’s autobiography. He did this under contract with Canongate Books, a hip publisher based in Edinburgh.
O’Hagan has got hold of a character who could be one of fiction’s great monsters with a toddler’s grasp of other people’s motives and [...]
Recently three people were given prison sentences for their part in the ‘Sharia patrols’. They also received a further punishment, a five year ban on the promotion of Sharia law:
The three men were today also slapped with a five-year Asbo banning them from distributing material about Sharia Law to the public, or even meeting each [...]
Posted: February 21st, 2014 under Freedom of Expression.
Once again religious sensibilities are being allowed to override freedom of expression. Wendy Honiger’s The Hindus was first published in 2009 and, as a revisionist account of the religion’s history, has proved controversial. It is now being reported that Penguin Books India:
… has agreed to withdraw all published copies of Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus. They have [...]
Staying on the topic of freedom of expression, Monday’s Roanoke Times features an article about Erik Estrada (of the 70s-80s TV series CHiPs) appearing at a local church to screen a movie he produced and stars in called “Uncommon.”
According to the film’s website:
Those who seek to indoctrinate our kids with the message that God is [...]
According to the urban dictionary the phrase ‘uh-oh spaghetti-o’s’ may be glossed:
An exclamation made after the realization one has fucked up beyond repair.
This time the culprits are London South Bank University. They have just had this poster banned because it is claimed it is ‘offensive’:
SBAS displayed the well-known image of the FSM on their pre-prepared [...]
Posted: February 10th, 2014 under Freedom of Expression.
This is a cross-post from Futile Democracy
“Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.”
- Robert Ingersoll.
In November last year, Recital Hall in Sydney played host to a debate with the motion: “God and Prophet’s should be protected from insult”. Arguing for the motion was Uthman Badar of Hizb ut-Tahrir. [Here is [...]
Although an Al-Jazeera cameraman, Mohamed Badr, has just been acquitted of charges of ‘carrying out acts of violence and thuggery’ last July, other journalists, including Peter Greste, an Australian correspondent who has worked for the BBC and Reuters in the past, remain in prison. Greste is just one of 20 journalists for the Qatar-based network [...]
The Reduced Shakespeare Company has also devised a show based on the Bible – ‘the complete word of God (abridged)’ as its publicity material explains.
The website of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the play’s writers and performers described it as “an affectionate, irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgment”.
“[The RSC team] tackle the [...]
A reasonable Lib Dem response to the ridiculous recent petition condemning Maajid Nawaz might have been to say nothing at all – particularly given that it cited David Ward as an example of someone who helped build community cohesion.
But instead they issued this statement:
“The Liberal Democrats are a party of respect, tolerance and individual liberty. [...]
A federal judge has rejected Pamela Geller’s legal appeal against the Massachussets Bay Transport Authority (MBTA). This had been triggered by the MBTA’s refusal to display controversial pro-Israel subway advertisements, paid for by the American Freedom Defence Initiative. This was not primarily a free speech issue as the MBTA has clear guidelines which rule out [...]