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Dieudonne is a racist. And he has a right to free speech

Dieudonne is a racist. And he has a right to free speech

It's important to look ugly arguments in the eye, says Padraig Reidy

French magazine raises specter of racism and press freedoms

French magazine raises specter of racism and press freedoms

An obscure 16 page-long French far-right magazine recently put France's black justice minister Christiane Taubira on its cover, comparing her to a monkey. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky reports on the fallout

France: Strict defamation and privacy laws limit free expression

France: Strict defamation and privacy laws limit free expression

Freedom of expression is generally protected in France, although is limited by strict defamation and privacy laws. Several laws have passed since 1972 that have further restricted this fundamental right.

Edward Snowden helps France rediscover its own whistleblowers

Edward Snowden helps France rediscover its own whistleblowers

So far, France has spectacularly failed to protect its whistleblowers. But new proposals may offer some protection. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky writes

Bringing global human rights into the surveillance debate

Bringing global human rights into the surveillance debate

Surveillance strikes at the heart of global digital communications and severely threatens human rights in the digital age. Leslie Harris, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology writes

Censorship, Mediapart and the butler’s tapes

Censorship, Mediapart and the butler’s tapes

Independent French news website Mediapart has had to withdraw the infamous Bettencourt “butler tapes” from its website. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky writes

Europe must take a stand on US surveillance

Europe must take a stand on US surveillance

The revelations that the United States allegedly spied on European Union diplomats marks a low in what should be a special relationship of trust between major democracies. The EU needs to remind the US that surveillance is unacceptable in the digital age, Sean Gallagher writes

Free expression in the news

Free expression in the news

Charlie Hebdo sued by Muslim organisations

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is being sued by two Muslim organisations for cartoons it published of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in September. The organisations, Algerian Democratic Rally for Peace and Progress and the United Arab Organisation, are demanding EUR 782,500, accusing the publication of inciting violence and racially-motivated hatred against

French politician Marine Le Pen sues writer for libel

The leader of France’s National Front, Marine Le Pen has announced plans to sue philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy for libel. Le Pen’s move comes after an article posted on the website La Règle du Jeu, where Levy links the controversial politician to the 2 June assault on three young Jews in

Colombia: French journalist suspected kidnapped

Update 02 May 2012: Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) confirmed in a statement today that they are holding French journalist Roméo Langlois prisoner. A French television journalist injured during a clash between Colombian Army troops and members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) has gone missing and may have been kidnapped by

Turkish newspaper’s offices attacked in Paris and Cologne

The Paris and Cologne offices of a Turkish newspaper were attacked by supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) last week.  Zaman newspaper says that a group of nearly 15 masked PKK supporters entered its Paris office on 15 February, threatening employees and breaking furniture and computers. Meanwhile AFP has reported

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