The question of whether the First Amendment protects the right of individuals to invade privacy is a question that shouldn’t even need to be asked. It’s being asked, however, in one of the most high-profile media court cases in decades.
Though Pope Francis has condemned the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which killed twelve innocent people, he has erred terribly by insisting "one cannot make fun of faith." Words do not justify hitting.
A horrific terrorist attack has occurred in Paris. Twelve innocent people were slain by black-clad gunmen at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in what appears to be a highly-organized assault. Will free speech stand strong?
Portugal's Attorney General has opened an investigation after celebrated author, Miguel Sousa Tavares, called Portugal’s head of state, President Silva, a clown in an interview. The author’s remarks could see him facing a three year jail term.
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Cambodia's record on human rights and freedom of expression is being freshly displayed as on March 5 a court began hearing an appeal of a journalist's conviction for “instigating an insurrection” regarding a land conflict in a Cambodian village.
Under the banner ‘We fight censorship’ journalists’ campaigning organisation Reporters sans Frontières last week launched a website which will carry content that has been censored, banned or which has given rise to reprisals against its author.
A devout Christian who expressed opposition to legalising gay marriage on his Facebook page has won a court case brought for breach of contract against his employers after losing his post as a housing manager and being forced to take a 40% pay cut.
Kent Police arrested a man last night after an image of a burning poppy was posted on a social media site. In a press release, Kent Police said the man had been arrested on suspicion of "malicious telecommunications".
British actor and comedian, Rowan Atkinson has given his full support to a newly launched campaign aimed at reforming the UK’s controversial insults law. The campaign relates to Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.
Today, "Charlie Hebdo" published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Its website is unavailable and riot police have been deployed. Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and it is under attack.
PEN Canada, a national organisation of writers, has announced a new initiative to counter “efforts by different levels of government to curb, control, obfuscate, and sometimes even suspend the basic rights of Canadians”.
I am writing this in response to the question “Are there limits to the right to freedom of expression? Explain your answer and, if your answer is yes, define the limits.”
This essay is meant to generate discussion so please share your thoughts.
The International Press Institute (IPI) has asked a Louisiana sheriff to respond "with the utmost seriousness" to the use, by his deputies, of a reporter's photograph for their target practice.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has finally closed down an art exhibit that features supposedly blasphemous images of Jesus Christ amid protests from art exhibitors who claim the exhibit was part of their freedom of expression.