Free speech
Free speech

Free speech

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.

30 March 2006

Whitewashing academic debate

A student of Dr Frank Ellis - the Leeds lecturer suspended for his racist views - asks why the university couldn't handle a heated argument.

28 March 2006

Free speech, with the edges taken off

Saturday's rally in the rain for free expression was a damp squib.

21 February 2006

Free speech in Europe: it’s all or nothing

As British historian David Irving is imprisoned in Austria for Holocaust denial, read this spiked article first published in December last year.