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Article 19
ARTICLE 19, a human rights pioneer, defends and promotes freedom of expression and freedom of information all over the world. Censorship Kills. It starves and it represses. It denies people access to information essential to thei...
Center for Socialist History
A non-profit corporation founded to promote research and publication in the field of the history of socialism. We strongly believe that (to paraphrase) socialists who don't know their own history are doomed to repeat all the old m...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions compiles and disseminates information about social and economic alternatives. Established in 1975 as an independent non-profit research organization and information clearinghouse, Connexions compiles and publishes a var...
Ulli Diemer
Comment and analysis from a libertarian perspective on topics such as censorship and freedom of speech, political correctness, double standards, identity politics, post-modernism, media bias, atheism, secularism, and archives and ...
Fame & Fortune
Fame & Fortune, published by Sources, features awards, fellowships and scholarships available to Canadian journalists. For each award, information is provided about the eligibility requirements, the deadline for application...
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and...
Media Names & Numbers
Published by Sources, Media Names & Numbers is a comprehensive Canadian media directory including television and radio networks, stations, digital and specialty broadcasters, programs, cable TV; daily, weekly, and community...
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN Genera...

News Releases

Academics, Students, Community Members Slam Carleton U Attempt to Stifle Class Discussions and Academic Freedom
2012-11-13
Independent Jewish Voices
Coalition of academics, students and community members rejects Carleton University administration attempt to stifle discussion of issues related to Israel, Palestine and the Middle East.
African Journalists leaders summit outlines strategies to roll back impunity and defend journalists' rights
2009-06-30
Federation of African Journalists (FAJ)
Leaders of the Federation of African Journalists have condemned at their biannual meeting in Djibouti on June 23rd, the unsafe and precarious working conditions of journalists in Africa.
Alert: Police raid opposition party headquarters, arrest protesters amid continuing unrest in Perak State
2009-05-28
International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX)
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) strongly protests continuing police arrests of protesters and a related raid at the headquarters of the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) to eliminat...
ANHRI releases annual report on freedom of expression in the Arab world in 2011
2012-07-12
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
ANHRI has released its annual report for 2011, under the title Freedom of Expression in the Arab World.
Appeals Court Must Fix Dangerous 'Innocence of Muslims' Copyright Ruling
2014-12-04
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of technology and free speech organizations are asking the United States Court of Appeals to fix a disastrously wrongheaded copyright ruling th...
ARTICLE 19 launches the Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality
2009-04-26
ARTICLE 19
ARTICLE 19 has launched The Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality, a ground-breaking document that will guide legislators, policy-makers and civil society in balancing the rights to ...
As ACTA talks resume, new leak confirms fears about threat to online free expression
2010-06-29
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders urges ACTA negotiators not to sacrifice Internet free speech and access to online information to the desire to combat piracy and the counterfeiting of copyrighted works
As Oda TV trial drags on, one journalist freed, four others begin 16th month in detention
2012-06-22
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is outraged that only one of the five Oda TV journalists still in detention in Turkey has been released.
Author warns coalition of MPs (CPCCA) intent on criminalizing free speech on Israel/Palestine
2010-09-11
Seriously Free Speech Committee
The author of a new book on antisemitism kicks off a Western Canada tour Sept. 17 to sound an alarm that a coalition of MPs (CPCCA) is intent on outlawing criticism of Israel as being antisemitic, pos...
Authorities step up offensive against journalists and websites
2009-05-14
Reporters Without Borders/ Reporters Sans FrontiA#res
Reporters Without Borders is concerned about freedom of expression in Bahrain. In the past couple of months, two journalists have been charged because of what they wrote and the information ministry h...
Bloggers invited to compete for special DEUTSCHE WELLE 'free expression' prize with Reporters Without Borders
2009-12-09
Reporters without Borders
Deutsche Welle, Germany#s international broadcaster, today announced the start of its sixth annual international Best of the Blogs award, The BOBs.
"A book is not a bomb" says fact-finding mission
2011-06-16
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders urged the Turkish government today to prove it supports the media freedom it proclaimed during the recent election campaign.
A Call to McGill University and the Universit de Montral to Support Freedom of Expression
2011-09-14
Muslim Canadian Congress
we the undersigned, enjoin the authorities of McGill University and the Universit de Montral to endorse freedom of expression by publicly dissociating themselves from the censorship towards which the ...
Campaign for Freedom of Expression
2008-09-16
CFI Canada isl inaugurating the Campaign for Free Expression, an ongoing series of events, activities and political initiatives in support of freedom of inquiry, thought and expression.
China's new leadership faces censorship challenge
2013-03-16
Committee to Protect Journalists
China's new leaders will face unprecedented challenges to controlling the media, even as journalists' efforts to test the system continue to carry great risk, according to a new report by the Committe...
A climate of fear endangers press freedom
2009-02-14
Committee to Protect Journalists
Today, the greatest threats to freedom of the press are more insidious than a generation ago because they are intended to induce a climate of fear and self-censorship through systematic violence and e...
Connexions Archive seeks a new home
2009-11-18
Connexions Information Sharing Services
The Connexions Archive, a Toronto-based library dedicated to preserving the history of grassroots movements for social change, needs a new home.
CPJ urges Indonesia to reverse Playboy editor's conviction
2010-09-10
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about an Indonesian Supreme Court ruling against Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-dormant Playboy Indonesia.
Dangerous comments by pope on freedom of expression
2015-01-21
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the extremely disturbing comments about freedom expression that Pope Francis made to journalists last week, in which he put respect for religion and faith above...
Egypt: Security authorities confiscate book about corruption
2009-05-20
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) reports that the Egyptian security authorities have confiscated a book entitled "A Flood of Corruption and the Advance of bin Laden in Algeria" ...
Enemies of the Internet 2013
2013-03-16
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is releasing a Special report on Internet surveillance
Extradition request for dissident journalist is "illegal and absurd"
2011-04-14
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders today denounced as “illegal and absurd” the efforts of the Tajik government to get dissident journalist Dodojon Atovulloev forcefully returned to Tajikistan from his exile in...
Federal government continues to receive failing grade on issue of free expression
2012-05-02
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
For the third straight year, the federal government received failing grades from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in a report card on freedom of expression in Canada.
Freedom of Expression awards go to Ciudad Juárez and Novaya Gazeta blogs
2011-04-14
Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico, a courageous blog about drug cartel activities, government repression and police corruption in northern Mexico, is the jury choice in the “Reporters Witho...
Freedom of Expression Day
2011-05-06
National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada
The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada is celebrating the "Freedom of Expression Day" this year, with a weekly exhibition of the member publications of the Ethnic Press of Canada.
Freedom of expression 'systematically violated' in Tibet
2009-03-09
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the systematic violation of press freedom and free expression in Tibet.
Freedom of expression under attack in every region, say IFEX members on International Human Rights Day
2009-12-17
IFEX
To mark International Human Rights Day IFEX members paused to comment on violations of free expression as they commemorated the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Freedom of Expressions Award 2009 Shortlist Announced
2009-03-23
Index on Censorship
Index on Censorship announces the shortlist for the 2009 Freedom of Expression Awards.
Geneva: Withdrawal by States from Durban Review Major Setback for Freedom of Expression
2009-04-22
ARTICLE 19, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
ARTICLE 19 and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies are extremely concerned by the recent decision of the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands to withdraw from the UN anti-racism co...
Grassroots Archives: Preservation as subversion?
2012-10-08
Ulli Diemer of Connexions, a social justice library and archive - www.connexions.org - discusses problems facing grassroots archives at a talk sponsored by the Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT).
Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
2010-03-30
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
Human rights defender held in Saudi Arabia since mid-June on charge of 'annoying others'
2010-07-23
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Mekhlef bin Dahham al-Shammari, a writer, human rights activist and social reformer who was arrested in Saudi Arab...
IFEX deplores three-year jail sentence given to Bahraini member Nabeel Rajab
2012-08-17
International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX )
IFEX strongly denounces the three-year prison sentence handed down today to Nabeel Rajab, president of IFEX member Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), for his role in pro-democracy protests.
IFEX launches 2012 Day to End Impunity campaign
2012-11-02
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
IFEX, the global network defending and promoting free expression, is proud to announce the launch of International Day to End Impunity.
IFJ and EFJ Condemn Arrest of Journalist for Labelling Belarus President
2012-06-25
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation, the European Federation of Journalists, today condemned the arrest of Andrzey Poczobut, journalist from Hrodna, Belarus...
IFJ Demands End to Intimidation as Iran Shuts Journalists' Association
2009-08-07
International Federation of Journalistshttp://gateway.sources.com/newsrelea
International Federation of Journalists calls on Iranian authorities to end the campaign of intimidation of journalists in the country following closure of the Association of Journalists in Tehran who...
IFJ Denounces Attempts by Freedom of Expression Group to Weaken Copyright Protection for Journalists
2013-05-20
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today denounced a set of principles issued by Article 19 to unduly restrict creators' copyright protection.
IFJ/EFJ Call for Greek Government to Revoke Closure of Public Broadcaster
2013-06-13
International Federation of Journalists
Journalists' organizations call on the Greek government to immediately revoke their unprecedented decision to close down its public broadcasting station ERT.
International Coalition Launches 'Manila Principles' to Protect Freedom of Expression Worldwide
2015-03-26
Electronic Frontier Foundation
An international coalition launched the 'Manila Principles for Intermediary Liability' today - a roadmap for the global community to protect online freedom of expression and innovation around the worl...
Jail terms for defaming officials online under new law
2014-08-07
Reporters Without Borders
Madagascar's National Assembly has quietly adopted a cybercrime law that provides for prison sentences for anyone insulting or defaming a state representative online. Debated and passed without anyone...
Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel
2009-03-10
We are Jewish Canadians concerned about all expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and social injustice. We believe that the Holocaust legacy "Never again" means never again for all peoples. It is a tr...
Jewish human rights group condemns U of Manitoba Student Union attack on freedom of speech
2013-04-15
Independent Jewish Voices
Independent Jewish Voices responds to Israel supporters' attack on freedom of speech.
Journalist serving 150-day jail term for insulting Hungarian far-right politician
2012-07-31
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the 150-day jail sentence that a Serbian journalist received for allegedly insulting a Hungarian far-right politician.
Journalists Welcome European Call to Review Anti-Terrorism Laws
2009-06-01
International Federation of Journalists
Ministers of the human rights network of the Council of Europe have called on their governments to review anti-terrorism laws in the face of strong criticism from journalists that some laws are in pra...
Justice long overdue in Anna Politkovskaya murder
2012-10-08
Committee to Protect Journalists
As the sixth anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya's brutal murder nears, the Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by the complete absence of justice in her killing despite government ple...
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
2016-01-22
Reporters Without Borders
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
Making blasphemy an offence takes Europe back several centuries
2010-01-04
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns #with the utmost firmness# a new defamation law in Ireland that establishes blasphemy as an offence punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros. The law took effect o...
Malaysian cartoonist faces sedition charges
2010-09-28
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, a contributor to the popular news site Malaysiakini and author of a new col...
Media unions oppose closure of Greek public broadcaster ERT
2013-06-13
UNI MEI Global Union
UNI MEI calls for resistance to support Greek public service broadcasting, its workers and their union POSPERT
More than 100 rights organisations urge UN to oppose defamation of religions
2011-03-11
IFEX - International Freedom of Expression Exchange
More than 100 rights organisations worldwide have banded together to urge member states at the United Nations Human Rights Council session this month to renegotiate defamation of religions resolutions...
More websites blocked at government's behest
2009-01-08
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the directive issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to Internet Service Providers instructing them to block access to 6 web pages on the grounds they a...
New National Security Law in China suppresses media freedom: IFJ says
2015-07-06
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses strong concern for the National Security Law that was passed by the Chinese National People's Congress yesterday, on July 1, 2015.
Participants at IFEX General Meeting demand action
2009-06-03
International Freedom of Expression eXchange
Free expression advocates from around the world gathered this week in Oslo, Norway for the General Meeting (GM) of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX).
Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving sentences of 20 and 59 years in prison
2009-01-29
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders urges the international community not to forget Nay Phone Latt or or Zarganar, one of Burmaâ##s best known comedians.
Press Freedom, Free Expression Still Under Threat in Indonesia
2014-12-19
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
An international delegation visiting Indonesia last week raised concerns about the current state of media freedom in the country, calling on the Widodo administration to take a new approach towards fr...
Religious leaders urged to sign Declaration on Freedom of Expression
2015-02-05
Reporters without Borders
As part a campaign called "Freedom of expression has no religion," Reporters Without Borders is calling on leaders of all religions in France to sign its Declaration on Freedom of Expression.
Secularist Center for Inquiry Delivers Statement to UN Opposing "Defamation of Religions" Resolution
2009-11-04
Center for Inquiry
The Center for Inquiry (CFI), a secularist think tank and NGO has delivered a statement strongly opposing the proposed "Combating the Defamation of Religions" resolution backed by the Organization o...
Le site denonciateur RCILeaks.Org gagne sa bataille en Islande pour la liberte de paroles contre une firme immigrant investisseur canadienne
2012-10-04
OrangeWebsite.com
Le site irreverencieux canadien RCILeaks.Org et son fournisseur de services internet islandais OrangeWebsite.com, ont gagne un combat judiciaire sans precedent sur la liberte d'expression a la Cour de...
Sources welcomes OrangeWebsite
2011-03-16
OrangeWebsite
Sources welcomes a new member: OrangeWebsite. OrangeWebsite is an Icelandic web hosting service provider. Most of our clients are foreign journalists, bloggers, leakers and publishers.
Sources welcomes the Seriously Free Speech Committee
2010-10-17
Seriously Free Speech Committee
Sources welcomes a new member: the Seriously Free Speech Committee. The SFSC is committed to free expression of views on Israel/Palestine.
Thailand: Call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom
2009-04-28
Reporters Without Borders joined by 31 other organisations in a call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom.
Toronto Artists Protest Koffler Fundraiser
2009-06-03
Toronto Artists Protest Koffler Fundraiser: Silence Tastes Badâ## Put Free Speech on the Menu. Artists and supporters speak out for freedom of association at the launch of the Koffler Gallery fundrai...
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
2009-10-22
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
WiPC issues a call for solidarity for persecuted writers
2009-11-13
Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC)
To mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer (DoIW) on 15 November, the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC) is highlighting the cases of imprisoned writers and honouring those who have...

Sources Select Resources

African Journalists leaders summit outlines strategies to roll back impunity and defend journalists' rights
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Federation of African Journalists (FAJ)
Leaders of the Federation of African Journalists have condemned at their biannual meeting in Djibouti on June 23rd, the unsafe and precarious working conditions of journalists in Africa.
And Then They Came For Me
Final Words from Lasantha Wickrematunge
Wickrematunge, Lasantha
Article
2009
The Sunday Leader
An editorial by Lasantha Wickrematunge shortly before he was murdered on January 8, 2009, and published three days after his death.
Apostasy, Blasphemy and Free Expression in the Age of ISIS
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2015
The right to religion comes with a corresponding right to be free from religion.
Arthur Topham's Political Beliefs May Just Be Illegal
The Extraordinary Trial of Arthur Topham: Part 3
Mykytyn, Eve
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
On November 7, 2015, Arthur Topham was convicted of inciting hatred against a racial group, the Jewish people. Mr. Topham maintains a website, Radical Free Press, in which he publishes and comments up...
ARTICLE 19 launches the Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality
Sources News Release
Article
2009
ARTICLE 19
ARTICLE 19 has launched The Camden Principles on Freedom of Expression and Equality, a ground-breaking document that will guide legislators, policy-makers and civil society in balancing the rights to ...
Authorities step up offensive against journalists and websites
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters Without Borders/ Reporters Sans FrontiA#res
Reporters Without Borders is concerned about freedom of expression in Bahrain. In the past couple of months, two journalists have been charged because of what they wrote and the information ministry h...
Bill C-51: A Legal Primer
Overly broad and unnecessary anti-terrorism reforms could criminalize free speech
Ruby, Clayton; Nader R.,Hasan
Article
2015
CCPA
Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, would expand the powers of Canada's spy agency, allowing Canadians to be arrested on mere suspicion of future criminal activity.
Bloggers Under Fire: The Fatal Consequences of Free Thinking in Bangladesh
Article
2016
Global Voices
Six secular Bangladeshi writers have been killed since November of 2014: Rajshahi University professor AKM Shafiul Islam, literary publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, and bloggers Avijit Roy, Oyasiqur Rahm...
Campaign for Freedom of Expression
Sources News Release
Article
2008
CFI Canada isl inaugurating the Campaign for Free Expression, an ongoing series of events, activities and political initiatives in support of freedom of inquiry, thought and expression.
Canadian Court to the Entire World: No Links For You!
Sutton, Maira
Article
2014
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Supreme Court of British Columbia has ordered Google to remove entire domains from its search results — a decision that could have enormous global implications on free expression. This is the late...
Canadian group not dealing with major free expression issue
Celebrating World Press Freedom Day
Fillmore, Nick
Article
2014
We need to address how corporate-owned mainstream news organizations restrict the freedom of journalists and prevent the public from having access to a wide variety of important news and opinion artic...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Censorship in Canada - When the Censor Comes
Article
1996
Book and Periodical Council
Developed primarily for teachers, librarians, booksellers and others who disseminate the printed word, this guide offers basic information about dealing with would-be censors. Researched and written b...
China's Great Cannon: New weapon to suppress free speech online
Lowenthal, Tom
Article
2015
Comittee to Protect Journalists
Chinese censorship of the internet is a well known fact but the tactics that the Chinese government uses -- and how similar those tactics are to the ones used by the NSA -- points to an international ...
China's new leadership faces censorship challenge
Sources News Release
Article
2013
Committee to Protect Journalists
China's new leaders will face unprecedented challenges to controlling the media, even as journalists' efforts to test the system continue to carry great risk, according to a new report by the Committe...
A climate of fear endangers press freedom
Article
2009
Committee to Protect Journalists
Today, the greatest threats to freedom of the press are more insidious than a generation ago because they are intended to induce a climate of fear and self-censorship through systematic violence and e...
Connexions Library: Arts, Media, Culture Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on media, culture, and art.
Connexions Library: Human Rights and Civil Liberties Focus
Website
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on civil liberties and human rights.
Dangerous comments by pope on freedom of expression
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the extremely disturbing comments about freedom expression that Pope Francis made to journalists last week, in which he put respect for religion and faith above...
Defending the right to offend, shock or disturb
Article
2009
World Press Freedom Committee
Insult laws are designed to protect politicians, government leaders and officials and state institutions, arming the state with access to resources and legal doctrines that no other citizen has.
A Different Kind of Safe Space
Gup,, Ted
Article
2016
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Words are dangerous, but not as dangerous as efforts to suppress them, be it by government or dean -- and certainly not as insidious as self-censorship.
Dismantling Democracy
Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada
Article
2015
Voices-Voix
An extensive dossier of the Harper government's attacks on democracy, debate, and dissent.
Domestic reality does not match bold words on Internet freedom of expression
Article
2011
Reporters without Borders
The U.S. government gives lip service to online free speech but simultaneously acts in ways to drastically limit freedom of expression.
Don't Incite Censorship
Malik, Kenan
Article
2007
Free speech for everyone but bigots is no free speech at all.
Egypt: Security authorities confiscate book about corruption
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) reports that the Egyptian security authorities have confiscated a book entitled "A Flood of Corruption and the Advance of bin Laden in Algeria" ...
The End of Academic Freedom in America: the Case of Steven Salaita
Proyect, Louis
Article
2015
CounterPunch
In the years I spent at Columbia University, there was always some professor or another coming under attack from the Israel lobby. But no matter the intensity of the witch-hunt, I was always proud to ...
Enemies of the Internet 2013
Sources News Release
Article
2013
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is releasing a Special report on Internet surveillance
Fame & Fortune Online
Website
Sources
Comprehensive listing of awards available to Canadian journalists.
Fanning the flames of intolerance
The burning of books -- an ultimate form of control and condemnation
Henley, John
Article
2010
The Guardian
A historical overview of book burnings by political and religious regimes.
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
Canadian Dimension - Volume 43, Number 1 - January/February 2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Free speech for me - you shut up
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2008
Ulli Diemer
The right to express offensive views is at the very heart of the principle of free speech.
Free Speech in a Plural Society
Malik, Kenan
Article
2006
The argument against free speech is really an argument in defence of particular sectional interests. And that is the best reason for rejecting restraints on speech. We can build a plural society in wh...
Free Speech in an Age of Identity Politics
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Pandaemonium
Transcript of Malik's TB Davie Memorial lecture on academic freedom at the University of Cape Town.
Freedom of expression 'systematically violated' in Tibet
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the systematic violation of press freedom and free expression in Tibet.
Freedom of expression under attack in every region, say IFEX members on International Human Rights Day
Sources News Release
Article
2009
IFEX
To mark International Human Rights Day IFEX members paused to comment on violations of free expression as they commemorated the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Freedom of Expressions Award 2009 Shortlist Announced
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Index on Censorship
Index on Censorship announces the shortlist for the 2009 Freedom of Expression Awards.
Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents
Article
2008
Reporters without Borders
Advice and technical tips for the best way to launch a blog and how to get round online censorship. It includes an explanation of how to blog anonymously and contains articles by bloggers, particularl...
Handcuffed and herded
My big Alpine adventure with Switzerland's police
Clark, Andrew
Article
2011
The Guardian
A journalist at the World Economic Forum Summit is detained and intimidated along with protestors by Swiss police.
Hate speech in a plural society
Malik, Kenan
Article
2005
One of the ironies of living in a more inclusive, more diverse society appears to be that the preservation of diversity requires us to leave increasingly to leave less room for a diversity of views. S...
Here come the thought police
Spratt, Michael; Moore, Chelsea
Article
2014
ipolitics.ca
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declared his intention to fast-track legislation expanding CSIS and police powers of “surveillance, detention and arrest.”
Here We Go Again
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
One thing should be clear. The violence across the Muslim world in response to an American anti-Islamic film has nothing to do with that film. Yes, The Inocence of Muslims is a risibly crude diatribe ...
His Right to Say It
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1981
The Nation
Chomsky takes the opportunity to clarify the details of the so-called Faurisson Affair in which he played a catalytic role by signing a controversial petition. He defends his involvement by reiteratin...
How "Hate Crimes Against Police" Expose the Fatal Flaw Within Hate Crime Statutes
Cantú, Aaron
Article
2015
truthout
Hate crime legislation lent legitimacy to a 40-year carceral program that has wrought immense damage on communities of colour. In an ironic twist, the police - who've been the main enforcers of this p...
Human Rights Council resolution on blasphemy
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by a resolution condemning #defamation of religions# which the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on 25 March.
Human rights defender held in Saudi Arabia since mid-June on charge of 'annoying others'
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Sheikh Mekhlef bin Dahham al-Shammari, a writer, human rights activist and social reformer who was arrested in Saudi Arab...
IFJ Demands End to Intimidation as Iran Shuts Journalists' Association
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalistshttp://gateway.sources.com/newsrelea
International Federation of Journalists calls on Iranian authorities to end the campaign of intimidation of journalists in the country following closure of the Association of Journalists in Tehran who...
IFJ Denounces Attempts by Freedom of Expression Group to Weaken Copyright Protection for Journalists
Sources News Release
Article
2013
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today denounced a set of principles issued by Article 19 to unduly restrict creators' copyright protection.
In Defense of Free Speech
It's Easier to Blame Bad Filmmakers Than to Address Massive War Crimes
Giambrone, Joe
Article
2012
CounterPunch
The answer to speech you disagree with is … (drum roll) … MORE SPEECH.
International Coalition Launches 'Manila Principles' to Protect Freedom of Expression Worldwide
Sources News Release
Article
2015
Electronic Frontier Foundation
An international coalition launched the 'Manila Principles for Intermediary Liability' today - a roadmap for the global community to protect online freedom of expression and innovation around the worl...
I've changed my mind on the gay cake row. Here's why
Tatchell, Peter
Article
2016
The Guardian
Like most gay and equality campaigners, I initially condemned the Christian-run Ashers Bakery in Belfast over its refusal to produce a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan for a gay customer, Gareth Le...
Jail terms for defaming officials online under new law
Sources News Release
Article
2014
Reporters Without Borders
Madagascar's National Assembly has quietly adopted a cybercrime law that provides for prison sentences for anyone insulting or defaming a state representative online. Debated and passed without anyone...
Jailed by Israel for his cartoons, Mohammad Saba’aneh speaks out
Article
2013
Electronic Intifada
Mohammad Saba’aneh, who has a daily cartoon in the Palestinian newspaper al-Hayat al-Jadida, has published his work in newspapers across the Arab world. His cartoons are decidedly political, frequentl...
Je Suis Charlie? It's a Bit Late
Malik, Kenan
Article
2015
Hardly had news begun filtering out about the Charlie Hebdo shootings, than there were those suggesting that the magazine was a 'racist institution' and that the cartoonists, if not deserving what the...
Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel
Article
2009
We are Jewish Canadians concerned about all expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and social injustice. We believe that the Holocaust legacy "Never again" means never again for all peoples. It is a tr...
Journalist faced prison for posting media relations number
King, Geoffrey
Article
2013
Committee to Protect Journalists
Carlos Miller founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, a leading blog about free speech and press rights in the U.S., Miller has made it his mission to publicize examples of government ove...
Journalists Welcome European Call to Review Anti-Terrorism Laws
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Federation of Journalists
Ministers of the human rights network of the Council of Europe have called on their governments to review anti-terrorism laws in the face of strong criticism from journalists that some laws are in pra...
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
Sources News Release
Article
2016
Reporters Without Borders
Kuwait: New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists
Making blasphemy an offence takes Europe back several centuries
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns #with the utmost firmness# a new defamation law in Ireland that establishes blasphemy as an offence punishable by a fine of up to 25,000 euros. The law took effect o...
Malaysian cartoonist faces sedition charges
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Committee to Protect Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrest of Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Awar Ulhaque, also known as Zunar, a contributor to the popular news site Malaysiakini and author of a new col...
Memory as Resistance: Grassroots Archives and the Battle of Memory
Preservation as subversion: Do grassroots archives have a future?
Article
2012
Connexions and Beit Zatoun
CONNEXIONS and Beit Zatoun are spotlighting grassroots archives this November with an open house and networking event November 24, a talk and discussion November 27, and an exhibit (November 16-27). G...
More websites blocked at government's behest
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the directive issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to Internet Service Providers instructing them to block access to 6 web pages on the grounds they a...
New extremism laws would stifle free speech
Index on Censorship
Article
2015
X index
New and vaguely defined counter-extremism laws threaten freedom of speech in the UK. Anyone who disagrees with the government can, theoretically, be banned from media exposure.
New National Security Law in China suppresses media freedom: IFJ says
Sources News Release
Article
2015
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses strong concern for the National Security Law that was passed by the Chinese National People's Congress yesterday, on July 1, 2015.
Out of Bounds
Malik, Kenan
Article
2012
Why do we talk so much about hate speech these days? Largely because hate speech has become a way of rebranding extremist ideas to stress their moral content; in other words, of rebranding obnoxious p...
Participants at IFEX General Meeting demand action
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Freedom of Expression eXchange
Free expression advocates from around the world gathered this week in Oslo, Norway for the General Meeting (GM) of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX).
PEN Canada calls for changes to human rights commission legislation
Article
2008
PEN Canada
Human rights commission legislation should be changed to ensure that commissions can no longer be used to attempt to restrict freedom of expression.
Petition launched for release of two Burmese bloggers serving sentences of 20 and 59 years in prison
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders urges the international community not to forget Nay Phone Latt or or Zarganar, one of Burmaâ##s best known comedians.
Police Unions Sustain Police Violence Epidemic
Since when did we decide that police officers should be above the law?
Boardman, William
Article
2015
Dissident Voice
Two of the biggest police unions in the country are now on record in opposition to free speech. They are on record against constitutionally protected free speech that opposes the epidemic of police vi...
Protect the Freedom to Shock
Malik, Kenan
Article
2001
Far from being the cornerstone of a diverse, plural society, the refusal to give offence shows respect neither for oneself nor for others. Respect for oneself requires self-belief, a willingness to ta...
The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault on freedom and a mockery of journalism
Pilger, John
Article
2012
Four years ago, a barely noticed Pentagon document, leaked by WikiLeaks, described how WikiLeaks and Assange would be destroyed with a smear campaign leading to "criminal prosecution". We are witnessi...
Reflecting on the plight of African journalists on World Refugee Day
PEN International
Article
2015
Two Ethiopian writers in exile; two victims of the repression of freedom of speech.
Release of the Full TPP Text After Five Years of Secrecy Confirms Threats to Users' Rights
Malcolm, Jeremy; Sutton, Maira
Article
2015
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Trade offices involved in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement have finally released all 30 chapters of the trade deal today, a month after announcing the conclusion of the deal i...
Some Elementary Comments on The Rights of Freedom of Expression
Chomsky, Noam
Article
1980
It is precisely in the case of horrendous ideas that the right of free expression must be most vigorously defended; it is easy enough to defend free expression for those who require no such defense.
Thailand: Call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Reporters Without Borders joined by 31 other organisations in a call for moratorium on prosecutions for criticising the King, dialogue on Internet freedom.
Things My Students Don't Know
Schwalbe, Michael
Article
2016
Counter Punch
One of the discussion exercises I use in my course on corporate power begins with the bare text of the First Amendment projected on screen at the front of the room. I tell students that this is a rece...
Trump, Namazie, Islam, Free Speech and the Left
Malik, Kenan
Article
On the odd relationship that many on the left have with Islam. They view all Muslims as helpless victims, and regard any criticism of Islam as a form of bigotry.
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance
Sources News Release
Article
2009
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
23 IFEX members and other organisations raise concerns about proposed mechanisms to combat racial and religious intolerance.
UNESCO Urged to Continue Defending Freedom of Expression Worldwide
Simon, Joel et all
Article
2009
World Press Freedom Committee
Five IFEX members and one other organisation wrote to UNESCO, asking the UN body to continue acting as a defender and champion of freedom of expression worldwide.
Vietnam: Blogger's Arrest Alarms Free Speech Advocates
Article
2009
Asia Media Forum
Reporters Without Borders has condemned the arrest of Vietnamese pro-democracy blogger Nguyen Tien Trung on July 7 for allegedly engaging in anti-state activities.
We Are All – Fill in the Blank
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2015
ZNet
We should condemn violence and terror, and defend freedom of the press. We should do so on the basis of consistent principles -- in contrast to the mainstream media and politicians, who condemn acts d...
What Are We Allowed to Say?
Bromwich, David
Article
2016
London Review of Books
Free speech is an aberration -- it is best to begin by admitting that. In most societies throughout history and in all societies some of the time, censorship has been the means by which a ruling group...
When Free Speech Becomes Dead Silence - The Israel Lobby And A Cowed Academia
Editor
Article
2015
Media Lens
The sudden cancellation of an academic conference on Israel, as well as the lack of outcry from 'mainstream' media, demonstrates once again the skewed limits to 'free speech' in 'advanced' Western dem...
Why I had to face down the bullies trying to silence my supposedly 'offensive' stance on Islam
Namazie, Maryam
Article
2016
Free Thought Blogs
This week marked the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. The atrocity was a brutal attack not just on human life but also on the principle of free speech, one of the pillars of h...
Why Spain's new gag law is threat to free flow of information
Bergareche,Borja
Article
2015
Committee to Protect Journalists
Spain plans to ban demonstrations in front of government buildings on the basis of 'disturbing public safety'. The people of Spain refuse to accept this censorship and move to repeal the law by the en...
WiPC issues a call for solidarity for persecuted writers
Sources News Release
Article
2009
Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC)
To mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer (DoIW) on 15 November, the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC) is highlighting the cases of imprisoned writers and honouring those who have...
With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
The Intercept
Criminal cases for online political speech are now commonplace in the UK, notorious for its hostility to basic free speech and press rights. As The Independent's James Bloodworth reported last week, "...

Sources Bookshelf

The Cost of Free Speech
Lee, Simon
Book
1990
In the wake of the Ayatollah's "fatwah" against Salman Rushdie and in the turbulent context of terrorism in Northern Ireland, free speech really can lead to death, according to the author. This book o...
50 Ways to Fight Censorship
And Important Facts to Know about Censors
Marsh, Dave
Book
1991
A practical guide to generating support and publicity for freedom of speech and how to combat acts of censorship.
Free Speech
Ten Principles for a Connected World
Ash, Timothy Garton
Book
2016
Ash offers a manifesto for global free speech in the digital age.
Journalism: Truth or Dare?
Hargreaves, Ian
Book
2003
Ian Hargreaves discusses the history, development, future and ethics of journalism and describes journalists' relationship with the public. He focuses on the increase in journalism's influence and the...
Manufacturing Consent
The Political Economy of the Mass Media
Herman, Edward S.; Chomsky, Noam
Book
1988
Contrary to the usual image of the press and cantankerous, obstinate, and ubiquitious in its search for truth, Herman and Chomsky depict how an underlying elite consensus largely structures all facets...
Writing in an Age of Silence
Paretsky, Sara
Book
2007
Sara Paretsky explores the traditions of political and literary dissent that have informed her life and work, against the unparallelled repression of free speech and thought in the USA today.
Yesterday's News
Why Canada's Daily Newspapers are Failing Us
Miller John
Book
1998
Illuminates the decline of print journalism, suggests reasons for this decline and proposes solutions to reverse this downward trend.


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