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8 October 2009

What do you think: is this child porn or art?

Nathalie Rothschild took the banned picture of Brooke Shields back to the Tate Modern to let gallery visitors decide for themselves.

16 September 2009

Hands off my camera!

spiked joined a ‘flash mob’ where photographers stood up against anti-terror laws and defended the right to snap.

14 September 2009

State-enforced ‘equality’ is damaging democracy

Yes, the BNP should be free to appear on Question Time, but there’s another, harder argument to be made: it must also be free to exclude non-whites.

2 September 2009

BANNED: women who look too young

The ASA’s censorship of an ad featuring a 23-year-old who ‘looks underage’ takes petty prudishness to a new low.

27 August 2009

Let’s finally erase this ‘law’ from the statutes

The revelation that the Video Recordings Act is not a real law shows the dangers of kneejerk, censorious legislation.

18 August 2009

It’s time to teach them Academic Freedom 101

Students should know better than to oppose the appointment of professors they disagree with. Uniformity of opinion only breeds complacency.

18 August 2009

A picture of prudishness

A college disciplinary case over a lecturer showing students some edgy photographs reveals how fear of offence trumps academic freedom today.

20 July 2009

Ireland’s bizarre war on blasphemy

The new criminalisation of blasphemy is not a return to the pious past, but rather is underpinned by a very modern suspicion of offensiveness.

13 July 2009

A bad free press is better than the alternative

The overblown media furore about alleged phone-hacking by News of the World reporters reveals the danger of ill-judged moral crusades.

Rip up the RIP Act

For journalists to demand that other journalists be investigated under the RIP Act is like turkeys marching for more Christmases.