Israel bans journalists voicing opinions on air

The Israeli parliament has passed a law banning journalists working for the country’s public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air.

The law, passed early Thursday in the middle of the night, drew criticism from journalists, who accused the … Read the rest

Public US university polices language

Words declared unacceptable through the campaign include “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “jewed”, “illegal alien,” “fag,” “ghetto” and “raghead.” Phrases such as “I want to die” and “that test raped me” are also verboten.

University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told … Read the rest

Steve Hofmeyr in Pierre de Vos’s kangaroo court

Just the other day a gigantic coal silo collapsed, creating Eskom, our state electricity utility’s latest crisis, plunging parts of the country into the dark. Photographs of cracks appearing in the edifice had already been published in January, yet nothing … Read the rest

France wants to censor Facebook to stop Jihad recruitment

France is pressing ahead with even greater internet censorship than before, in an attempt to stop the recruitment of Islamic fighters on Facebook and other internet media. Some content may be censored or suppressed in terms of clause 8 of … Read the rest

Brit locked up for telling Nelson Mandela joke

Neil Phillips, right
Neil Phillips, right

Neil Phillips was taken to a police station after posting jokes about Nelson Mandela’s death.

“There was no hatred. What happened to freedom of speech?”

Neil Phillips said he was fingerprinted, DNA-swabbed and had his computers seized.… Read the rest

Anti-racists are the new racists

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South Africa’s multiracial and multicultural society is exploding into a never-ending Kulturkampf or American-style culture war. Anti-racists are the new racists, spreading intolerance and even violence ahead … Read the rest

South Africa to criminalize ‘hate’, incl. ‘hate speech’

hate_crime_1_A draft Policy Framework on Combating Hate Crimes, Hate Speech and Unfair Discrimination has been finalised that will introduce the concept of hate crime to South African criminal law, giving effect to international legislation aimed at balancing the right to … Read the rest

Journalism under threat

Alan Rusbridger
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By Alan Rusbridger
Guardian Editor

On Sunday morning David Miranda, the partner of Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, was detained as he was passing through Heathrow airport on his way back to Rio de Janeiro, where the couple live. … Read the rest

Petition: Free speech for Sunette Bridges! Spraakvryheid vir Sunette!

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Sunette Bridges

Petition in support of Sunette Bridges. Fill in your name and e-mail, then click on “Sign Now”. Also tweet and share on Facebook by using the buttons on the far left of this page.

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Marine Le Pen to face prosecution for comparing Muslims to Nazis

Marine Le Pen
Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen faces prosecution for comparing Muslim immigration to the Nazi occupation of France after the European Parliament’s legal committee recommended that the nationalist leader be stripped of her immunity.

The full parliament is now expected

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Zapiro’s cartoon of Zuma is ‘vulgar’ – Afriforum

Zapiro’s latest cartoon is a “vulgar portrayal” of President Jacob Zuma, lobby group AfriForum said on Monday.

The cartoon was “a vulgar portrayal of the president [and] unproductive and in poor taste.” AfriForum spokesman Ernst Roets said in a statement.… Read the rest