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“I support free speech, but” is the eternal cry of the government censor who knows censorship is illegal, but abuses his power because, fuck it, he’s the government.

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Mark Steyn on fellow free-speech advocate Art Spiegelman and what it means to be truly provocative

Edgy humour is not just getting easier, it is getting worse.

Mark Steyn, the conservative writer, made this observation as he toured the Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibit on the cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who is a comic defender of free speech from the political left, as Mr. 1,107 more words


Censorship in the Aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo Incident

By Brittany Ellis

In the aftermath of the horrific attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in which ten newspaper staff members and two police officers were murdered after the newspaper published cartoons mocking Muhammad and ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the censorship debate has garnered worldwide attention. 635 more words


Sherri Tenpenny's Australian Tour Cancelled #StopTenpenny

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A couple of weeks ago, I reported on anti-vaccine advocate Sherri Tenpenny’s planned speaking tour of Australia and the #StopTenpenny campaign. 1,279 more words


On Islamophobia, Charlie Hebdo, and Free Speech

With the recent murder of Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, editor of the popular French satirical cartoon ‘Charlie Hebdo’, Western culture has been thrust into a discussion about the limits of free speech, the rights of religious groups, and whether or not criticism of Islam should be labeled as “Islamophobic”. 765 more words


Chief constable warns against "drift towards police state" in Britain

Vikram Dodd reported in December for The Guardian:

‘The battle against extremism could lead to a “drift towards a police state” in which officers are turned into “thought police”, one of Britain’s most senior chief constables has warned. 55 more words


Free-Speech Farce

While now receding into the background of international outrages, the early January mass shooting of several Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris, purportedly by a cell of jihadists, set off a furor about freedom of speech in the West. 1,147 more words