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Politics & Society

Analysing challenges to freedom of expression in democratic societies, including restrictive laws, self-censorship, web surveillance, media regulation, national security and public order arguments to limit free speech.

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Russia: Justice Ministry seeks to disband Kremlin-critical human rights group

Russia: Justice Ministry seeks to disband Kremlin-critical human rights group

The ministry has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court to close the International Memorial Society, Jennifer Janiak reports
Azerbaijan: Protesters demand end to repression

Azerbaijan: Protesters demand end to repression

Powerful pictures show thousands gathering in Baku as crackdown on government critics continues
Padraig Reidy: We all seem to be grieving for newspapers

Padraig Reidy: We all seem to be grieving for newspapers

Put two British journalists in a room and talk will likely turn to the managed decline of the newspaper industry in western Europe and the US. Padraig Reidy will miss the news agents most.
Painting over the Clacton Banksy? Does nobody understand satire any more?

Painting over the Clacton Banksy? Does nobody understand satire any more?

All it seems to take is for one person to think that something’s ‘racist’ …