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#Freedom of Expression

# freedom-of-expression - 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.

# freedom-of-expression - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Independent Newspapers appeal over Monica Leech €1.2 million award upheld by European court

The judgement was given by a chamber of seven judges.

# freedom-of-expression - Tuesday 5 January, 2016

Freedom to preach "Islam is satanic" from a church pulpit is hailed as "a victory for the gospel"

“It is not the task of the criminal law to censor offensive utterances.”

# freedom-of-expression - Wednesday 30 September, 2015

The cartoons of Prophet Mohammed published 10 years ago today are still making waves

One foreign affairs columnist said, “At many media outlets it has created a fear of dealing with Muslim perceptions of taboos”.

# freedom-of-expression - 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-expression - Wednesday 13 May, 2015

"Mr O'Brien is a media baron" - RTÉ fights action against Denis O'Brien

The businessman is seeking an injunction against the broadcast of an RTÉ news item.

# freedom-of-expression - Friday 13 March, 2015

Author has to pay €53k to in-laws after defaming them in a book

Paying your mother-in-law €20,000 must sting.

# freedom-of-expression - 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-expression - Friday 12 December, 2014

British porn enthusiasts stage face-sitting protest against new law

Some campaigners say the new law violates sexual freedom and is misogynistic.

# freedom-of-expression - Tuesday 21 October, 2014

This man got a 13-year prison sentence for pouring paint over a statue

Turkish man Murat Vural had been given the sentence after pouring paint over statues of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.

# freedom-of-expression - 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-expression - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

Opinion: Australian gagging order has major implications for press freedom

A censorship order sought and secured by the Australian government sets a precedent for all common law countries – including Ireland.

# freedom-of-expression - 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.

# freedom-of-expression - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland's school patronage system is unworkable

The State is responsible for the rights of students in the national school system even if the schools are run by patron bodies, writes Peter Ferguson.

# freedom-of-expression - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Column: Fred Phelps’ hateful legacy is a gift to freedom and democracy

Many people loathed the Westboro Baptist Church’s message, but the USA rightfully protected their right to be seen and heard, writes Aaron McKenna.

# freedom-of-expression - Thursday 6 February, 2014

Turkish government heavily criticised after passing "Orwellian" internet laws

The new law will allow the Turkish government to block access to websites and request users’ communications and traffic information from providers without a court order.

# freedom-of-expression - Friday 24 January, 2014

Column: Ignorance, avoidance, distortion – media coverage of the Corrib gas project has failed

The Irish media has failed to properly report on the local community’s resistance to Shell in Mayo. The reason? Journalism has fewer and fewer resources to filter the truth from the propaganda, Harry Browne writes.

# freedom-of-expression - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Column: Living for love, dying because of hate – the rising tide of homophobia in Africa

Jean-Claude Roger Mbebe died an untimely death last week, after his family allegedly prevented him from receiving necessary medical treatment. He had been previously been convicted of “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality” and imprisoned.

# freedom-of-expression - 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-expression - Friday 28 December, 2012

Burma to allow daily private newspapers

It will be the first time since 1964 that non-state media will be allowed to publish news in the country.

# freedom-of-expression - Monday 3 December, 2012

Internet freedom not to be curbed: UN telecoms head

A review the 24-year-old UN telecom regulations kicked off today amid insistence that plans to control internet freedoms are “unfounded”.

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

Read Me: Ai Weiwei and me

Alison Klayman, director of the new documentary about controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei tells that his future is still very uncertain.

# freedom-of-expression - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

England’s top judge to hear appeal in ‘Twitter joke trial’

Paul Chambers is appealing his conviction over an angry tweet in which he joked he would blow an airport “sky high”.

# freedom-of-expression - Tuesday 22 May, 2012

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VIDEO: Controversial Jacob Zuma painting defaced at gallery

The Spear depicting Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed.

# freedom-of-expression - 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-expression - Friday 4 March, 2011

France's face veil ban to take effect next month

The banning of some religious dress in European countries have drawn criticism by human rights groups – who say the laws discriminate against Muslims and impede an individual’s freedom of expression.

# freedom-of-expression - Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Daily Mirror wins European appeal over Campbell damages

The Daily Mirror wins its argument that being made to pay Naomi Campbell’s legal “success fees” is unlawful.