Category Archives: freedom of expression

Turkey jails two journalists for republishing Charlie Hebdo cartoon

Under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey is becoming increasingly Islamist, increasingly oppressive, and increasingly regressive (are those all synonyms)? This once vibrant and largely secular country is now an oligarchy, and it’s forbidden to criticize both Islam and Erdogan. According to the Associated Press, there are nearly 2,000 court cases open in which people have […]

Iran gives long jail sentences to reformist journalists

These four journalists were not only reformers, but supported Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Nevertheless, they were sentenced to long prison terms on trumped-up charges. The New York Times reports: An Iranian revolutionary court handed down long prison terms on Tuesday to four journalists supportive of the government of President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian news media reported. […]

Most British students favor NUS’s “no platforming” policy

Well, the no-platforming policy of British students continues apace. This time it involves rescinding a speaking invitation to the Donald Trump of England—London mayor Boris Johnson (they’re both clowns, but Johnson’s hair is marginally better). Johnson was set to take part in debates at King’s College London about whether Britain should dissociate itself from the EU. […]

Angela Merkel trying to suppress free speech in Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown some moxie in trying to make Germany do the humanitarian thing by absorbing many fearful immigrants from the Middle East. Many of her constituents don’t want those immigrants, and so her approval rating has dropped strongly in the last year, particularly after the mass attacks on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. […]

Freedom of speech: Salman Rushdie on American students, and the latest list of “banned” books

The columnist Clarence Page had a chat with Salman Rushdie, who taught at Emory University, about freedom of speech. (Remember that it was Emory students who got so upset when they saw pro-Trump slogans written in chalk on their campus.) Rushdie was in Washington D.C. to discuss the question, “Should or must art be politically correct?”, […]

Unhinged bigot teaching “social justice writing” at Oberlin

Not long ago I posted about Joy Karega, who appears to be an unhinged anti-Semite, bigot and conspiracy theorist who fits right in at perhaps the most Authoritarian Leftist college in the U.S.: Oberlin (Ohio). If she had posted stuff about Muslims the way she has about Jews, she’d have been subject to far greater approprbrium. But […]

Authoritarian Leftism spreads to the University of Arizona

Oy gewalt! The only American universities that seem immune from the cancer of Authoritarian Leftism are conservative religious schools like Bob Jones University and Liberty University. The latest victim is The University of Arizona, where, as The Daily Beast reports, a “Committee of Marginalized Students” has been formed. According to the Arizona Republic, the list of demands […]

University of Minnesota poised to adopt strong free-speech policy

An article in The Washington Post by Dale Carpenter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota (UM) specializing in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, reports that a faculty committee at his university (Carpenter’s a member) has approved by a 7-2 vote a strong and virtually uncompromising free-speech policy.  Now this is just a committee […]

How far should academic freedom go?

To me, the issue of academic freedom is confluent with that of free speech, but their limits differ. My view is that free speech gives anyone, including academics, the right to say anything they want in public—unless that speech is meant to incite immediate violence or danger, or creates an atmosphere of harassment in the workplace. […]

Intelligence Squared debate: Is free speech threatened on campus?

Well, I’m putting up two talks today, but perhaps this is a lazy Sunday and you’d like some brain food. Submitted for your approval: an Intelligence² debate on the topic of free speech on campus. Held last Tuesday at Yale University, a hotbed of student authoritarianism, the topic is this: Yes or no: free speech is […]

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