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Free speech

19 September 2006

Is the Pope a Catholic?

If the 'infallible' Supreme Pontiff is no longer allowed to express certain strong beliefs, what chance is there for the rest of us?

19 September 2006

Why nobody should be tried twice for the same offence

The UK government's ditching of the double jeopardy rule diminishes the dignity and autonomy of all of us.

15 September 2006

Al-Jazeera: no laughing matter?

Why a private spoof video made by BBC staff for a colleague leaving for Al-Jazeera caused a media outcry.

8 August 2006

A hairy moment for free speech

Tommy Sheridan’s libel win over the News of the World was no ‘victory’ for the working class. It was a victory for an archaic law over open debate.

4 August 2006

My verdict on Britain’s libel laws

Read spiked editor Mick Hume's Notebook in The Times (London).

The battle of Brick Lane

The hotly anticipated demo against the filming of Monica Ali’s novel in east London was in fact a ragbag collection of short-tempered middle-aged men.

Don’t tinker with the libel laws – scrap them

No amount of reform will stop England and Ireland's stringent libel laws from having a chilling effect on free speech.

28 June 2006

A rights kerfuffle

New Labour's Human Rights Act and the Tories' proposed British Bill of Rights share the same elitist prejudice: that ‘rights’ are gifts granted by governments and judges.

18 April 2006

Animal rights protesters: don’t ban them, beat them

A leading member of the pro-vivisection group Pro-Test argues that animal rights activists should be defeated through debate, not legal injunctions.

11 April 2006

Sticks, stones and hate speech

The case of a schoolboy prosecuted for calling a playmate 'Paki' has shown up the childish streak in Britain's speech laws.