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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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Greece: Stifling free expression to sell bonds

Greece: Stifling free expression to sell bonds

In a televised address last Thursday, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras thanked the Greek people for the sacrifices they endured during the past four years as the country underwent the harshest austerity measures since emerging from World War II. Christos Syllas reports on the fallout for free expression

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Australia: Prime minister’s department cracks down on civil servant criticism

Australia: Prime minister’s department cracks down on civil servant criticism

Under new guidelines, Australian civil servants working for the prime ministers's office caught criticising the government can be sanctioned for illicit social media use, Helen Clark reports
Academia in Egypt: Security forces and self-censorship

Academia in Egypt: Security forces and self-censorship

Activist academics played a pivotal role in the country's 2011 uprising, but today the corrosion of academic freedom of expression continues, writes Heather McRobie
Journalists coming under increased pressure in Brazil

Journalists coming under increased pressure in Brazil

Journalists continue to come under pressure from police and protesters in Brazil, according to a report released on 8 April, Simone Marques writes
Criminalising kink: Cameron’s porn crusade

Criminalising kink: Cameron’s porn crusade

The UK government is sneaking through a vast extension to pornographic prohibition. It’s so vaguely worded that it could cover 50 Shades of Grey (if filmed), Game of Thrones or Florentine statues. Jonathan Lindsell reports