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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.

TOP STORY

Bad history and bad politics

Bad history and bad politics

Padraig Reidy on why we must combat taboos about discussing events of the past

LEADING STORIES

Expose crony capitalism and be censored in India

Expose crony capitalism and be censored in India

A book detailing the allegedly shady dealing behind a gas contract has been targeted by the companies involved in the latest example of censorship in India, writes Saurav Datta.
Singapore: Independent media making a mark despite restrictions

Singapore: Independent media making a mark despite restrictions

As Singaporeans increasing turn to the internet as their source of news and information, websites and blogs are making an unmistakable impact on the city state's media landscape, Kirsten Han reports
Swaziland: On trial for criticising the judicial system

Swaziland: On trial for criticising the judicial system

Human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist and editor Bheki Makhubu return to court today facing charges of "scandalising the judiciary" and "contempt of court" for writing about corruption and lack of impartiality, writes Gia Armstrong
India’s elections:  Hate speech and the “greatest show on Earth”

India’s elections: Hate speech and the “greatest show on Earth”

Electioneering for the Indian elections of 2014 has reached a fever pitch. Political parties seem to be indulging in the same hate speech, communal politicking and calculations that work to polarise the electorate and garner votes. Mahima Kaul reports