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Meet Pakistan’s all-singing, all-dancing, burqa-wearing free speech defenders

A Pakistani theatre company threw caution to the wind by performing a controversial, satirical play about burqas and freedom of expression.

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Charlie Hebdo attack was not an assault on free speech

Mass surveillance and aggressive prosecution of taboo topics are far greater threats to free speech than Charlie Hebdo, writes University of Tasmania graduate student in philosophy Tim Jarvis.

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The fallacy of free speech in Australia

Crikey readers have their say on press freedom and other matters of the day.

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Why you could soon be sued for defamation in a Tassie court

Proposed new defamation laws for Tasmania could have an Australia-wide chilling effect on free speech.

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Can the Liberals cope with freedom?

The Liberal Party’s vaunted commitment to freedom is a fiction: it is as paternalist as the Left and allows national security to justify the curtailment of basic rights.

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Rundle: Pyne’s bizarre free speech rhetoric a dog whistle to the IPA

Free speech on university campuses is crucial — but only if said free speech aligns with the government’s rhetoric.

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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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