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Archive for 'Freedom of Expression'

Lavrov asks Kerry to stop “anti-Russian” media

Perhaps related to Vladimir Putin’s sky-high approval ratings:
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov may not approve of freedom of the press, but it’s rather disturbing that he doesn’t even understand it.
Lavrov calls Kerry to ask him to stop the "anti-Russian campaign" in the Western press.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) March 10, 2016

Putin, of course, could say [...]

The utter death of democracy in Turkey

Whatever thin patina of democratic freedom remained in Turkey vanished Saturday when the Erdogan regime forcibly took over the country’s largest (and opposition) newspaper Zaman and turned it into a government propaganda outlet.

The last “free” issue of Zaman was released the day before it was seized. The headline read, “Constitution suspended,” above an excerpt from [...]

Erdogan’s European lobby group UETD-UK holds political conference in a British school!

This is a cross-post from As Turkey Sleeps.

It is abundantly clear to anybody following political events in Turkey over the past few years that Erdogan’s government continues to silence free speech, restrict freedom of expression and abuse the rule of law.  This has resulted in journalists being arrested, media channels being closed down and judges jailed.   The dictatorial tendencies [...]

Russian blogger sent to prison

The latest news from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Russia on Wednesday sentenced a blogger in the city of Tomsk to five years in a Siberian prison for “inciting extremism and hatred” after he criticized Russian military intervention in Ukraine in videos he posted to YouTube and Vkontakte, Russia’s version of Facebook.
The unusually harsh decision against Vadim Tyumentsev, [...]

Maryam Namazie under attack at Goldsmiths

Maryam Namazie reports here on how Goldsmiths ISOC tried to get her disinvited from the university, and how they responded to the talk she gave to ASH (Atheist, Secular and Humanist Society) last night.  There seems little to add to her analysis.  The hypocrisy of the Goldsmiths ISOC (who have hosted Tzortzis and others) is [...]

Russia intent on revising unfortunate history

This is a cross-post by Paul Canning

The message could not be clearer, in Russia history is decided by the state. The labeling of the legendary human rights group Memorial as a so-called ‘foreign agent’ underlines a process that has been going on for some time.
Last month the armed forces announced that they were setting up a unit [...]

Turkish democracy erodes further after last week’s twin bomb blasts

By Abi Adnan Oktar
Turkey was shaken last weekend as two bombs exploded during a peace rally in Ankara, killing 128 people and injuring another 500. The rally was organised by several groups, including the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), to call for an end to the escalating violence between the Turkish government and the PKK. Footage [...]

Responses to Warwick SU barring Maryam Namazie

Update: Following a statement from the SU, WASH has issued this response.
If you haven’t yet caught up with this story an excellent summary of Warwick Student Union’s disgraceful decision can be read on Student Rights.  Briefly, Namazie had been invited to speak by Warwick’s Atheists Secularists and Humanists society on 28 October, but her invitation [...]

Heriot-Watt blog highlights student misperceptions

This is a cross-post from Student Rights
In July, Student Rights’ new report ‘Preventing Prevent? Challenges to Counter-Radicalisation Policy on Campus’ highlighted how misunderstandings were driving student opposition to the Prevent strategy.
A blog posted over the weekend by Heriot-Watt University Student Union (HWUSU) demonstrates many of these fallacies, and shows the extent to which students have failed to understand the policy they [...]

The Lawyers’ Secular Society – How Members Forced A Vote And The No Case Made

This is a cross-post by John Sargeant from homo economicus
A source from the Lawyers Secular Society (LSS) has given me the No case document given to LSS members before they voted on whether to take part in the Mohammed Cartoon event, which takes place next month in London. Unpublished till now, I reproduce the document [...]