Free speech
Free speech

Free speech

29 May 2007

Ofcom: Mary Whitehouse in liberal attire

Everyone cheered the regulator for its ruling on Celebrity Big Brother. But what gives a bunch of unelected suits the right to lecture broadcasters?

21 May 2007


There is something rotten in the trend to label political or cultural views as 'phobias' that must be treated.

After Lord Browne: bring back privacy

In our rush to read all about the former BP head’s private life, we have forgotten the key role privacy plays in forging trust and identity.

3 May 2007

Browne and the new morality of ‘outing’

In the past, tabloids outed gay people in order to shame them; now they out gay people to show there’s nothing wrong with being gay.

19 April 2007

Turning society into Room 101

‘In denial’, ‘phobic’, ‘hateful’… increasingly, certain kinds of speech are depicted as a sickness, and censorship is seen as the cure.

17 April 2007

The attack on free speech gets hairy

The sacking of US shock jock Don Imus for referring to 'nappy-headed hos' suggests we're all too weak to cope with obnoxious remarks.

5 April 2007

‘We’re creating a hierarchy of victimhood’

Neil Addison, author of a new book on religious hatred laws, says the laws are dividing communities and inflaming a ‘grievance culture’.

2 April 2007

Harassing the paparazzi

The right to take pictures of and write about public figures is far more important than the privacy of Prince William's girlfriend.

13 March 2007

After Hate Speech, the war against ‘Mate Speech’

As the language police turn their attention to banter between buddies and football-ground chants, no area of life is safe from the censors.

A war of words over the 'Yid Army'

Ignore the touchy PC brigade: the fans of north London football club Tottenham Hotspur should be allowed to call themselves whatever they like.