Freedom of speech
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The first week of the Olympics won’t be remembered for an avalanche of Team GB gold medals.
Earlier this year, Twitter announced it had over 140million users firing out one billion tweets every three days. Rather than just shouting at the telly, many thousands of people are now tweeting their thoughts about every aspect of it to the world.
‘He didn’t make his point very well and that is why he has landed himself in bother.’ Talk about the understatement of the year.
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Yesterday, the Scottish National Party (SNP) pushed through a new law stipulating that people can be imprisoned for things they say. So it’s a good moment to reflect on what the principle of free speech means in practice.
Stephen Birrell doesn’t like Catholics, he doesn’t like Celtic Football Club manager Neil Lennon and he doesn’t like Celtic supporters. These are not exactly unusual sentiments in certain parts of Scotland. But what is unusual is that last week Birrell was jailed for expressing such prejudices.
A screengrab shows a woman ranting against black and Polish people on a Croydon to Wimbledon tram. Photograph: YouTube The video of the woman ranting against black and Polish people ("What has this country come to?
Imagine the scene. A dawn raid. A vanload of police officers batter down a front door.
The Australian , 26 November 2011 WHY do people’s critical faculties go up in a puff of smoke when it comes to the debate about cigarettes?
The 2008 HBO documentary, Thriller in Manila (see a review here ), tells the story of the epic rivalry between heavyweight boxers Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. In the battle for our sympathies, it was Frazier who won that particular fight. The film shows how Ali taunted Frazier, portrayed him as an establishment figure, an ‘Uncle Tom’.