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Freedom of speech should not trump freedom from humiliation

The changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are not only bad policy, they are unfair, write Giri Sivaraman from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Macquarie University’s Jessica McLean.

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Freedom of speech and dangerous ideas

Crikey readers talk racist cartoons (or are they?) and whether Bernard Keane has fully researched the issue of vaccination for children.

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Philip Nitschke: no good deed goes unpunished as hospital turns on me

Exit International director Dr Philip Nitschke gave a guest lecture at a hospital as a favour. Now the head of the department at the hospital is trying to get his medical licence revoked.

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Caro’s Flotsam and Jetsam: bigots, boats and bullies edition

It’s bigots, bigots, everywhere, and plenty of free speech. Plus: do teachers actually do any work?

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Note, Tim Wilson, speech not the only freedom worth protecting

The new appointee to the Human Rights Commission has a lot to say about the curriculum. But Crikey’s writer-at-large says maybe Wilson needs to go back to school himself to swot up on basic theories.

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In defence of anti-abortion protesters’ right to free speech

Yes, they can be upsetting and distressing. But anti-abortion protesters have as much right to demonstrate outside a clinic as anyone else — that’s what free speech is.

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Andrew Bolt, lover of censorship

Andrew Bolt certainly likes to talk about freedom of speech, but when it comes down to it, he only wants that freedom for those who agree with him.

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Wilders from the outside: ‘here comes Nazi scum’

As Geert Wilders spoke in Melbourne last night, protesters gathered outside — but it was less violent, and more ideological, than mainstream media reported. Crikey intern Michelle Slater was there.

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Wilders from the inside, where mouths are ‘more dangerous than guns’

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders spoke in Melbourne last night. Shakira Hussein, a Muslim, attended for Crikey — she found it weird and at times menacing.

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Taking offence at Roxon’s human rights laws

The danger with the anti-discrimination law reform is that it is so particular, baroquely crafted and precise in what it attempts to police, that its operation would not be loud and upfront. Quiet and subtle doesn’t get it done.

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Is there really too much freedom of speech online?

Once again the old media have missed the point of privacy online, preferring to maintain their patch instead of focusing on issues such as data mining.

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Parliament House media rules: satire in, Photoshop out

New Parliament House media guidelines have been released. It’s a win for satirists (the Chaser guys are happy), but not for Photoshop fans in newspaper newsrooms.

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No joke, freedom of speech is worth debating

Crikey — among others — raised concerns about a recent “there’s nothing funny about rape” comedy night. The event’s host, Melbourne comedian Kieran Butler, asked for a right of reply.

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Andrew Bolt’s readers save the day

Andrew Bolt’s rights have been trampled on, freedom of speech has been denied to him and he has been silenced. Sort of.

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Why we have to hope that Bolt wins his case

It would be a strange law that said the minute you become influential, you are less free in what you say.

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Cops didn’t show, but maybe they should have: gay zombie porno sickens

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival staged an illegal screening of Bruce LaBruce’s banned gay zombie flick LA Zombie. A victory for free speech, perhaps, but it’s hard to emerge from it feeling like anything other than a loser.

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Speeding, police + youtube = a long stint in the can?

American Anthony Graber’s annoyance at being issued a speeding ticket was overshadowed when he uploaded a video of it onto youtube. Now embroiled in a debate about wiretapping and freedom of speech, he’s facing a hefty prison sentence.

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Helen Thomas in the land of the free, home of the gagged

Yes, what Helen Thomas — the longest serving member of the White House press corps who retired yesterday — said about Israel was despicable. But doesn’t the US have freedom of speech in its constitution? asks Roy Greenslade.

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Spiked | JOURNALISM|

Mocking Mohammad: just because we can, doesn’t mean we should

Today is Everybody Draw Mohammad Day on Facebook, with bloggers around the world sketching lewd pictures of the prophet to protest censorship. But is this really about free speech, or just an excuse to be a jerk?

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Beecher: Bingle and the bullying media no moral crusade

The media’s appalling behaviour in the Lara Bingle saga will only serve to strengthen privacy laws.

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SA law demands ID for bloggers, commenters on election

Asking political commentators to identify themselves for just a few weeks when an election is in progress is hardly a threat to freedom of speech.

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RealClearWorld | ONLINE|

Hillary Clinton: Free the internet

Hillary Clinton has a new gong to bang: internet freedom. Read her speech championing the increase of freedom of speech online and calling on the China to get with the program.

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National Censorship Day

With the announcement of the Government’s internet filter, 15 December will forever mark the day Australia joined the slippery slope to censoring freedom of speech, says David Braue.

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The Guardian | TV & RADIO|

Was the BBC right to have Nick Griffin on Question Time?

Was extreme right-wing BNP leader Nick Griffin’s appearance on the BBC’s Question Time a win for free speech or a loss for quality television? Guardian commentators and British MPs weigh in.

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In tourism, even libel can be a world away

Libel tourism has been catapulted into the headlines after aviation writer Joe Sharkey was served a writ for defamatory statements he says he didn’t make in Brazil after surviving a mid-air collision in 2006.

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