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Free speech

19 July 2011

‘Of course I support a free press, but…’

All-party support for regulating the media threatens to reverse the historic gains of the struggle for press freedom.

12 July 2011

‘You cannot pluck the rose without the thorn’

The death of a free press, the hacking off of investigative journalism - the scandals nobody is talking about.

11 July 2011

‘We name and shame the evil tabloid hacks!’

The cultural elite’s crusade against News International is only a more erudite version of the News of the World’s war on perverts.

11 July 2011

Press culture is none of Cameron’s business

An American free-speech campaigner dissects the ‘delusional elitism’ of those wanting to muzzle the tabloids.

11 July 2011

The myth of the feral tabloid reader

Why the political class loves to peddle stories about the tabloids’ evil grip on the masses’ minds.

After the News of the World, who’s safe?

The unprecedented harrying to extinction of a tabloid newspaper is likely to have a chilling effect across the British media.

What’s really motoring this anti-Murdoch crusade?

What the News of the World is alleged to have done is terrible and indefensible. But the fury about it is being driven by something else.

1 June 2011

Racist chocolate bar ads? Gimme a break

When offence is in the eye of the beholder, even an advert for a Cadbury's chocolate bar can be deemed hateful.

23 May 2011

A demeaning epidemic of injunctionitis

Lord Neuberger’s report on the superinjunctions affair is a reminder that the state doesn't trust us to judge what we read.

11 May 2011

Post-Mosley, free speech is still the loser

Who needs the ECHR to censor what we talk about when we’ve got our own injunction-happy High Court doing it anyway?