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Religion & Culture

Examining how religious and cultural beliefs can create challenges for free speech which can lead to direct or self censorship. These challenges include responding to hate speech and intimidation as well as defending comments or artistic work that cause offence.

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Gay rights in Lebanon: The good, the bad and the ugly

Gay rights in Lebanon: The good, the bad and the ugly

Despite recent wins, being gay in Lebanon is still a taboo. In a country drenched in sectarianism, debates about homosexuality are easily dismissed in the name of religion and homosexuals are accused of promoting debauchery, Farah Wael writes

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Egypt: Prime minister suspends controversial film

Egypt: Prime minister suspends controversial film

Rights activists and groups say the removal of Halawet Rooh (Beauty of the Soul) from theatres is part of a wider clampdown on artistic expression. Shahira Amin reports
Senegalese artists under pressure for performing for Gambia’s dictator

Senegalese artists under pressure for performing for Gambia’s dictator

Activists write open letter to award-winning singer set to stage a three-day concert in Gambia's capital Banjul, writes Buya Jammeh
Hindu supremacists stall play in India

Hindu supremacists stall play in India

Religious bigotry and the government's abdication of responsibility jointly endanger free speech, writes Saurav Datta
Is the university gender gap a barrier to free expression?

Is the university gender gap a barrier to free expression?

A lack of visibility of female academics at the University of Bristol – especially in the more scientific faculties – is in stark contrast to the number of undergraduates in the same subjects, Margot Tudor writes