Category Archives: Censorship

Charlie Hebdo and Free Speech Hypocrites

In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, freedom of speech seems to be having a moment. As the rallies in Paris and elsewhere last weekend demonstrated, freedom of speech has strong support in the West. It is the one value that … Continue reading

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This is the New Charlie Hebdo Cover

Buzzfeed has a list of who is and isn’t publishing the new cover. Notably, The New York Times, NBC, NPR, BBC and The Daily Mail are among the publications opting not to show the image. Cowards.

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The Attack on Charlie Hebdo is an Attack on Free Speech

Yesterday, Islamist militants attacked the Paris offices of left-wing satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, including the paper’s editor and four of its cartoonists. The gunmen were almost certainly motivated by the paper’s publication of cartoons satirizing the Prophet … Continue reading

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U.K. to Criminalize Possession of “Rape Porn”

Starting in January, possession of “rape porn” will be a crime in the United Kingdom, punishable by up to three years in prison. Since the law does not distinguish between images or videos that depict actual rape and those that … Continue reading

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The Case Against Hate Speech Laws

Writing at AlterNet, Sean McElwee puts forth an argument for censoring online hate speech–particularly on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. McElwee says that, although “stricter regulation of Internet speech will not be popular”, it is “necessary.” McElwee claims that … Continue reading

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Hugo Chavez’s Human Rights Record–Bad, But Not As Bad As Fidel’s

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died of cancer Tuesday at the age of 58. Chavez saw himself as a socialist revolutionary and undertook economic reforms aimed at (according to him) improving the lives of Venezuela’s poor. However, like his friends Castro and Ahmadinejad, Chavez was … Continue reading

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Iceland’s Sex-Hating Feminists Take on Internet Porn

Icelandic politicians are currently considering proposals to block access to internet porn in the country. Printing and distributing pornography is already illegal, and Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónasson is leading the charge to outlaw digital porn as well. Since Iceland is a secular Scandinavian … Continue reading

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Don’t Blame Violent Entertainment for Sandy Hook Massacre

Since the tragedy at Newtown, while pundits on the left have been blaming guns, pundits on the right have been busy blaming the culture, particularily violent movies and video games. The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre was quick to comdemn violent entertainment, calling … Continue reading

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