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#Freedom of Speech

# freedom-of-speech - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

Supreme Court told that judges have no power to decide if Dáil privilege is being used correctly

Denis O’Brien’s legal team has argued that TDs’ “extraordinary privilege” had led to a breach of his privacy in 2015.

# freedom-of-speech - Saturday 4 November, 2017

US journalist charged with attempting to overthrow Robert Mugabe after calling him 'selfish and sick'

Martha O’Donovan, who works in Zimbabwe, has been remanded in custody.

# freedom-of-speech - Saturday 2 September, 2017

In China, parodying the national anthem could now put you in jail for 15 days

Under the new law, the song can no longer be used as background music in public places.

# freedom-of-speech - Monday 14 September, 2015

Charlie Hebdo publishes controversial cartoon of drowned Syrian toddler

Some people claim the images mock Aylan Kurdi.

# freedom-of-speech - Wednesday 1 July, 2015

Senator says cyberbullying bill could silence people like Mairia Cahill

Under the proposed law, a person could face 12 months in jail or a €5,000 fine.

# freedom-of-speech - Saturday 23 May, 2015

The 'gay cake' row and freedom of speech: Being offended isn't a right

The trouble with trying to put limits on free speech and the freedom of conscience is that you inevitably wind up tying yourself in knots.

# freedom-of-speech - Monday 30 March, 2015

Second blogger ‘brutally hacked to death’ in Bangladesh

He had criticised fundamentalist Islamic views.

# freedom-of-speech - Saturday 10 January, 2015

Opinion: Islam must be treated like Christianity in Europe – accepted, revered and lambasted

It is up to moderate people to have an open debate about religion and society. Otherwise, extremists will have it for us.

# freedom-of-speech - Wednesday 7 January, 2015

Charlie Hebdo's history of lampooning Islamic extremism (and religion as a whole)

The magazine has been attacked before.

# freedom-of-speech - Friday 26 December, 2014

A 16-year-old schoolboy was arrested in Turkey for insulting the country's president

He faces up to four years in prison for accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of corruption.

# freedom-of-speech - Sunday 24 August, 2014

Opinion: The killing and imprisonment of journalists should concern us all

Worrying press arrests in Ferguson and the grisly murder of James Foley underlines it is in all of our interests to ensure journalists can report without fear.

# freedom-of-speech - Monday 14 July, 2014

Opinion: Ireland’s record on civil and political rights comes under the UN spotlight

While progress has been made in some areas, long-standing human rights issues persist in Ireland including gender-based violence and a systemic delay in processing asylum applications.

# freedom-of-speech - Monday 5 May, 2014

US Supreme Court divided but the right to pray at Government meetings stays

At issue were town meetings in Greece, New York, where clergy had been invited to offer a prayer, which in the last eight years had been exclusively Christian.

# freedom-of-speech - Friday 22 November, 2013

Global censorship could end in a decade says Google boss

Eric Schmidt believes that better encryption methods will help prevent governments from restricting freedom of expression.

# freedom-of-speech - Sunday 28 July, 2013

Column: Why it's time to get rid of Ireland's blasphemy laws

Blasphemy laws have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and have no place in a modern democracy like Ireland, writes Michael Nugent.

# freedom-of-speech - Thursday 25 July, 2013

Column: Striking the balance between freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial

Public interest, freedom of speech and the right to a fair trial: all these factors form a carefully-balanced relationship between the media and criminal justice system. But just how clear-cut is the law? asks Fergal Crehan.

# freedom-of-speech - Saturday 12 January, 2013

Aaron McKenna: Regulate social media? No – we need a free speech law

There are troubling restrictions on our free expression in Ireland. We should follow the US and give it explicit protection – even if that means some vitriol.

# freedom-of-speech - Friday 16 November, 2012

British man wins High Court appeal after being docked pay over Facebook posts

Adrian Smith worked for a government housing body when he posted statements against gay marriage in churches.

# freedom-of-speech - Sunday 4 November, 2012

Column: If you read something offensive, don’t retweet it, report it

The future of the internet depends on social networks like Facebook and Twitter developing better protocols for dealing with offensive and potentially criminal postings, writes Dr Ciarán Mc Mahon.

# freedom-of-speech - Thursday 18 October, 2012

# freedom-of-speech - Thursday 20 September, 2012

Poll: Should the Mohammed cartoons have been published? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Mohammed cartoons have been published?

As fears of protests grow after controversial cartoons of Mohammed appeared in a French magazine, we ask: Should they have been published?

# freedom-of-speech - Monday 20 August, 2012

Burma's government ends direct media censorship

Under the new rules, journalists will no longer have to submit their work to state censors before publication.

# freedom-of-speech - Saturday 18 August, 2012

Pussy Riot trial reaction: band members' conviction criticised by EU, US Pussy Riot This post contains videos

Pussy Riot trial reaction: band members' conviction criticised by EU, US

Two-year sentence for hooliganism conviction criticised as ‘disproportionate’ and impacting on freedom of expression.

# freedom-of-speech - Friday 17 August, 2012

Pussy Riot members sentenced to two years in prison Pussy Riot This post contains videos This post contains images

Pussy Riot members sentenced to two years in prison

Three band members of the feminist punk group have been found guilty of “hoolganism motivated by religious hatred”.

# freedom-of-speech - Thursday 9 August, 2012

Russia: Deputy PM slams Madonna on Twitter for Pussy Riot support

Dmitry Rogozin accused the singer of moral lecturing, adding: “Either take off the cross or put on pants”.

# freedom-of-speech - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

Should swearing in public be a fineable offence? Your Say This post contains a poll

Should swearing in public be a fineable offence?

A town in Massachusetts has decided to force the foul-mouthed among them to pay fines for swearing in public. Should we follow suit?

# freedom-of-speech - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

‘Vital’ role of journalists stressed ahead of World Press Freedom Day

The National Union of Journalists and Amnesty International Ireland joined together today to remember journalists who have been killed during the course of their work.

# freedom-of-speech - Friday 24 February, 2012

Man given choice of posting apology on Facebook - or spending 60 days in jail

Court ruling came after man posted comments about his estranged wife on the social network.

# freedom-of-speech - Friday 12 August, 2011

Poll: Should governments be able to block social network users? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should governments be able to block social network users?

In the wake of this week’s violence in England and David Cameron’s Commons speech yesterday, we’re asking for your views on curtailing social network use.

# freedom-of-speech - Thursday 7 October, 2010

'God hates fags' family face Supreme Court action United States This post contains videos

'God hates fags' family face Supreme Court action

The infamous Phelps family of the Westboro Baptist Church are brought to court over protests at military funerals.

# freedom-of-speech - Tuesday 24 August, 2010

BLOGGERS IN PHILADEPHIA have condemned the decision of the city government to charge them $50 a year – or a lifetime contribution of $300 – for the privilege of having a blog.

The move, proposed by mayor Michael Nutter, will see any blog that accepts money for advertising, or sells any goods, as a business and thus being required to hold a licence – no matter how little money it might make.

A spokesman for Nutter said that the licence was nothing new, and is required for any money-making enterprise – whether it be a large corporation, a pizza parlour, or any home business.

Residents who keep blogs in their spare time, however, are annoyed that they could be asked to pay for an annual licence just for the privilege of publishing their own thoughts through a currently free medium.

The proposals came after the city’s tax authorities wrote to residents who had reported earning money through their blogs to the US’s national Internal Revenue Service, but who did not possess a city business licence.

One blog – albeit one based in San Francisco – called the fee “absolutely ridiculous” and said the city was ‘picking’ on bloggers.

To counter complaints that some bloggers would make less in a year than the cost of the licence, amendments have been proposed to the scheme which would see licence-holders exempted from their first $100,000 a year in profit.

“I think it’s ludicrous,” said Seano Barry, who writes a blog about the local music scene. He told AP that he reviewed “shows in the city. I sometimes write for a couple of other blogs. Sometimes I get access to the shows, sometimes I don’t. To put the ads up is to cover the cost of going downtown.

“This is not a business,” he said, suggesting he had made about $11 in the last two years. “Really, it’s a labour of love.”