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On the freedom to be a bigot

Crikey readers talk freedom of speech and the ongoing Israel-Palestinian conflict.

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Rundle: Tim Wilson’s all-singing, all-dancing free speech freedom jamboree

The Australian Human Rights Commission is hosting a conference on freedom, but is it just another case of choosing talk over action?

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Rundle: Brandis’ most important value is not free speech, it is whiteness

George Brandis is a champion of free speech — except, of course, if such speech is “dangerous” or “extremist”.

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A hard case of harmful speech: should we ban anti-vaccination talk?

There are better examples of speech that causes harm than the ones we’re debating in relation to the Racial Discrimination Act. What about the anti-vaxxers?

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Knights and daze

Crikey readers talk Abbott’s new titles, the Racial Discrimination Act and Crimea, and they want to give Guy Rundle a knighthood (we do too).

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Government risks looking out of touch as it clumsily sells free speech

Labor believes it can hurt the government on racial discrimination and the government is making its job easier with its poor selling.

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Racial Discrimination Act: Brandis moves to amend — not repeal — 18C

The government has unveiled its amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, removing the concept of offence but adding racial vilification for the first time.

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Racial vilification: why defenders of section 18C fail

The defence of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act falters on the key issue of subjectivity.

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Will Brandis boycott the anti-boycott movement?

Calls for anti-boycott legislation by the Tasmanian forest industry will test the free speech bona fides of Attorney-General George Brandis. Will he take up the challenge?

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Labor, discrimination laws and a space for speech

Janet Albrechtsen might have a point — Labor’s draft anti-discrimination laws are a worry. The battle has ideological tents camping in strange places, says Crikey’s man-at-large.

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Abbott’s message of reassurance to media moguls

Tony Abbott has sent a clear message to Australia’s media moguls — they have nothing to fear from him.

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Tony Shepherd and freedom of corporate speech

The rhetoric on media ownership laws coming from the business sector is nonsensical. And whose free speech do they want to protect?

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Our Say bid to return euthanasia to the political agenda

This week’s OurSay question explores the biggest gap between elected officials and community views: euthanasia.

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The tweets must flow, except when they risk revenue

Twitter’s announcement that it will censor tweets on a country-by-country basis has triggered an immediate global outrage about free speech.

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Rundle: Bolt stuck between left and right

The Right has sought to portray Andrew Bolt’s support as coming solely from its own side. Yet this is the opposite of the truth.

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Bolt divides over court ruling

An attack on free speech or a win against racial offence in the media? The Federal Court ruling that Andrew Bolt breached the Racial Discrimination Act has the commentariat in two distinct camps.

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Gillard’s ‘lashing’ of the High Court

Criticism of the prime minister for attacking the High Court is rather precious, for a number of reasons. For a country that allegedly likes its politics “rough and tumble”, we’re suddenly all very precious.

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Free speech at risk as Google embroiled in ‘nym wars’

There’s a struggle going on at the moment between the world’s biggest internet company and its users over the right to be pseudonymous or anonymous online, writes Jason Wilson, an assistant professor in journalism at the University of Canberra.

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Mayne: Murdoch only champions free speech away from home

It has been a full month since the Murdoch phone hacking scandal blew up and, after more than 30 contributions across various media platforms, Stephen Mayne finally got a rise out of the empire today.

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Advice to Mick Molloy: fake your apology better next time

Mick Molloy and Network Ten have lost their defamation battle against Adelaide identity Nicole Cornes in a ruling that could have far ranging implications for free speech.

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‘Cheeky Australian’ in shock Canada election scandal-gate

Canadians were prevented from learning the results of their own elections yesterday, until social media lent some assistance.

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Shame, shame, shame: Hinch a victim of campaign against free speech

The prosecution of Derryn Hinch reflects our indifference to the legal system’s ongoing campaign against free speech, or at least free speech in its limited Australian form. And the Victorian legal system is the epicentre of these attacks.

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Inside the hive-mind

Anonymous is supposed to be a “juvenile” “underground hate group”. A look at its operations reveals a complex and thoughtful movement that is unlike traditional real-world activism.

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Catherine Deveny: I’m dumped and I’m devastated

Catherine Deveny won’t let herself be defined by two tweets, as she lets loose at the Twitter scandal that got her sacked, those who get offended over free speech and why she writes for her kids.

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Why lawyers should be allowed to speak out

If a brave Scottish lawyer wins his case, Australian judges might have to rethink their position on lawyers using the media to advocate for clients, writes Greg Barns.

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