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Padraig Reidy: Page 3 is an example of how free speech works

Padraig Reidy: Page 3 is an example of how free speech works

Fundamentally, The Sun’s topless Page 3 is an example of how free speech is supposed to work.

Cressida Brown: Walking the tightrope between art and politics

Cressida Brown: Walking the tightrope between art and politics

Cressida Brown, artistic director of Offstage Theatre, talks about the genesis of Walking the Tightrope, a week of new plays to prompt discussion around art and politics.

Madam Chancellor: Tell Aliyev to respect civil society

Chancellor Angela Merkel Bundeskanzleramt Willy-Brandt-Straße 1 10557 Berlin   Madam Chancellor, As members of the international NGO coalition ‘Sport for Rights’ we are appealing to you to make human rights a central subject in your meeting next Wednesday, 21 January 2015, with president Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan. In recent years,

Chris Ames: Who’s behind the Chilcot Inquiry delay?

Chris Ames: Who’s behind the Chilcot Inquiry delay?

Despite his repeated assertions that it is nothing to do with him, it is now clear that British Prime Minister David Cameron not only has the power to hold back the long-awaited Chilcot Inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war until after the election – but may actually do so.

Jacob Mchangama: European leaders have long compromised free expression

Jacob Mchangama: European leaders have long compromised free expression

Only by reaffirming a genuine and principled defence of freedom of thought, expression and religion can Europe hope to create a society built on real tolerance and respect for diversity

Turkey: Owner of online dictionary site questioned over Prophet Mohammed post

Turkey: Owner of online dictionary site questioned over Prophet Mohammed post

Çağatay Gürtürk, owner of the collaborative dictionary website ITÜ Sözlük, was detained while trying to enter Turkey on the night of January 14.

Seymur Hezi: Letter from an Azerbaijani prison

Seymur Hezi: Letter from an Azerbaijani prison

Journalist Seymur Hezi, who works for Index award-winning Azadliq newspaper, has written to his supporters from prison where he is awaiting trial on trumped up charges.

Padraig Reidy: Enough of the “moderate Muslim”

Padraig Reidy: Enough of the “moderate Muslim”

There can be few more insulting coinages than the tedious phrase “moderate Muslim”. What does it mean? Who does it benefit?

Richard Howitt MEP: European Parliament targets Turkey’s record on free expression

Richard Howitt MEP: European Parliament targets Turkey’s record on free expression

As millions mourn the shooting of journalists in France, the European Parliament convening this week in Strasbourg today extended the fight for freedom of expression to legal threats, harassment and character assassination against free journalism in Turkey.

Azerbaijan: Sham trial of rights activist Rasul Jafarov begins

Azerbaijan: Sham trial of rights activist Rasul Jafarov begins

Prominent human rights campaigner Rasul Jafarov has been detained since 2 August on trumped up charges

Rashid Razaq: As a Muslim, I know there is no God-given right not to be offended

Rashid Razaq: As a Muslim, I know there is no God-given right not to be offended

Satire is scary for people who can’t live with doubt. Because satire is all about creating doubt

Targeted cartoonists show support for Charlie Hebdo

Targeted cartoonists show support for Charlie Hebdo

Cartoonists have been among the most visual in their reaction to the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Musa Kart and Xavier Bonilla, who have both been targeted by their governments, share their thoughts.

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