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#Free Speech

# free-speech - Sunday 2 February, 2020

Garda injured and six arrested during rally against hate speech law

Demonstrators from rival sides were forced apart by gardaí as the rally took place outside Leinster House.

# free-speech - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Stormy Daniels' defamation case against Donald Trump dismissed by US judge

The claim is separate from another lawsuit that Daniels filed against Trump, which is continuing.

# free-speech - Tuesday 9 October, 2018

# free-speech - Wednesday 25 April, 2018

Ireland has slipped down in press freedom rankings because of concentrated ownership and defamation costs

Ireland was ninth in 2016, but is down to 16th.

# free-speech - Friday 6 April, 2018

European court rejects man's claim he should be able to use Nazi picture in his blog

The man argued that his conviction for the use of an image of Heinrich Himmler interfered with his right to freedom of expression.

# free-speech - Wednesday 14 February, 2018

US college professor cancels cultural freedoms class after use of racial slur causes anger

Colleagues say Professor Emeritus Lawrence Rosen has often used the slur during lectures on free speech.

# free-speech - Friday 11 August, 2017

Google cancels meeting to discuss gender and diversity due to 'safety concerns'

Questions being posed internally by employees, along with some of their names, began appearing on outside websites.

# free-speech - Thursday 27 April, 2017

Fear of protester violence stopped US hard-right pundit Ann Coulter speaking at Berkeley Free Speech This post contains videos

Fear of protester violence stopped US hard-right pundit Ann Coulter speaking at Berkeley

Ann Coulter described it as a “dark day for free speech”.

# free-speech - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

'Harmful and offensive': Complaint against Katie Hopkins' Today FM appearance rejected

Hopkins had been discussing hate speech on The Last Word.

# free-speech - Friday 7 April, 2017

US abandons lawsuit to unmask owner of anti-Trump Twitter account

The American Civil Liberties Union said this was a “big victory for free speech and right to dissent”.

# free-speech - Friday 31 March, 2017

'I wish I had a pound for every time I offended someone. Wait, I do': Gervais defends 'dead babies' joke

The comedian came under fire after a recently bereaved couple walked out of his show.

# free-speech - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

From The42 Reasons behind Ronnie O'Sullivan's 'robot' interview revealed Perturbed This post contains videos

Reasons behind Ronnie O'Sullivan's 'robot' interview revealed

The snooker legend has suggested he will no longer give frank or in-depth interviews to the media.

# free-speech - Tuesday 10 January, 2017

Most Irish people don't want free speech restrictions - even if it offends some

People are worried about the rise of extreme right-wing views – but 65% of Irish people don’t want restrictions on free speech.

# free-speech - Wednesday 17 February, 2016

School that sent student home for top that read 'Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian' changes policy

The court heard that a teacher had her called to the office when she showed up in the shirt.

# free-speech - Thursday 28 January, 2016

Fury escapes punishment for comments on women, homosexuality and abortion

The world heavyweight champion has not broken the law, so boxing authorities feel they cannot interfere.

# free-speech - Saturday 11 July, 2015

Senators want to criminalise offending people online – and they're dangerously misguided

Without the freedom to offend, freedom of expression does not exist.

# free-speech - Tuesday 2 June, 2015

What did Denis O'Brien achieve by trying to stop THAT speech going public?

The Streisand effect in full swing.

# free-speech - Thursday 12 March, 2015

India refuses to lift ban on BBC gangrape documentary

The Delhi High Court will hear the case on 18 March.

# free-speech - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

Frankie Boyle: "Taking offence is often simply an attempt to deny reality"

The comedian takes aim at the press.

# free-speech - Tuesday 27 January, 2015

Is there a ban on Irish broadcasters showing this cover? In short, no

The BAI has revised its programming code.

# free-speech - Monday 19 January, 2015

As France rounds up 'defenders of terrorism', Amnesty worries about free speech

The human rights group has outlined a number of troubling cases.

# free-speech - Sunday 18 January, 2015

Paris attacks: Kouachi brothers given secret burial in unmarked graves

Over half think the depictions should be published but 42% disagree.

# free-speech - Wednesday 14 January, 2015

French comedian Dieudonné to stand trial over Facebook comments about Paris attacks

Dieudonné seem to say he felt like one of the Paris gunmen

# free-speech - Sunday 30 November, 2014

Rapper jailed for posting lyrics on Facebook threatening to kill ex-wife

Anthony Elonis (AKA Tone Dougie) says the threats weren’t real.

# free-speech - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

'Deliberate censorship': China has blocked the BBC website

The BBC is complaining to Chinese authorities about the blocking.

# free-speech - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Twitter sues the US government over right to disclose surveillance orders

The lawsuit concerns the restrictions placed on Twitter over its ability to disclose the exact number of requests made by the FBI and US Justice Department.

# free-speech - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

5 ways John Bruton has probably annoyed the government over the last few years

While Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen largely maintain their silence, the former Fine Gael leader and taoiseach has been outspoken in recent years.

# free-speech - Monday 14 July, 2014

Anger over Australian campervan firm's 'little slut' slogan

The company has said it doesn’t try to be controversial and pokes fun at everything.

# free-speech - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

Complaints about RTÉ's Panti apology have been rejected by the BAI

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland said that making an apology was an editorial decision and not one for them to decide upon.

# free-speech - Sunday 9 March, 2014

Boston mayor is negotiating but will only march if St Patrick's parade is "inclusive"

Martin Walsh says that he has met with the parade organisers and emphasised to them that Irish people have been oppressed throughout history.

# free-speech - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Guess where Ireland ranks in the world in terms of press freedom...

Hint: We’re doing better than countries like China and North Korea.

# free-speech - Wednesday 29 January, 2014

Open Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O'Neill

The term ‘homophobia’ refers to an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against gay people… So why it is not permissible to state that a group that actively campaigns against same-sex marriage is homophobic?

# free-speech - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Poll: Should Facebook allow graphically violent videos? Beheadings This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Facebook allow graphically violent videos?

Facebook says users can post videos showing beheadings as long as they condemn the acts. Do you think this is the right decision?

# free-speech - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

From The42 Pa Kelly: 'Once the player touches the ball, the goalie should be allowed attack' Free Speech

Pa Kelly: 'Once the player touches the ball, the goalie should be allowed attack'

Clare keeper says the rules need to be changed to avoid a repeat of All-Ireland final controversy.

# free-speech - Sunday 26 August, 2012

Pussy Riot members flee from Russia

Two bandmates of the three women convicted by a Moscow court of hooliganism charges over anti-Putin protest at a church have fled the country, according to the group.

# free-speech - Saturday 18 August, 2012

Belarus releases two men on bail over teddy bear stunt Fur Flying This post contains videos

Belarus releases two men on bail over teddy bear stunt

Stunt involved Swedish activists flying illegally into Belarus to drop soft toys carrying protest messages.

# free-speech - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

# free-speech - Friday 6 April, 2012

Facebook posts leave US marine facing dismissal

Gary Stein criticised Barack Obama and pasted the president’s face onto unflattering posters.

# free-speech - Sunday 11 March, 2012

12-year-old girl sues school over Facebook password

The US pupil says she was forced to reveal her personal profile information after posting comments about staff members.

# free-speech - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

French senators approve draft of Armenian 'genocide-denial' bill

Turkey has reacted angrily to France’s moves to criminalise the act of denying that the mass killings of Armenians during WWI was genocide.

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