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# Free Speech

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2022
# Elon musk
Musk announces 'content moderation council' for Twitter
The announcement came as the website’s users wasted no time testing the limits of free speech on the platform.
# Hate speech
New laws on hate speech includes provision to protect freedom of expression, says minister
Government has been called on to ensure new laws comply with principles of proportionality and necessity.
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# kildare street
Garda injured and six arrested during rally against hate speech law
Demonstrators from rival sides were forced apart by gardaí as the rally took place outside Leinster House.
# Free Speech
Stormy Daniels' defamation case against Donald Trump dismissed by US judge
The claim is separate from another lawsuit that Daniels filed against Trump, which is continuing.
# quick quick quick
Today is your final chance to register to vote in the presidential election and blasphemy referendum
Get your skates on.
# Press Freedom
Ireland has slipped down in press freedom rankings because of concentrated ownership and defamation costs
Ireland was ninth in 2016, but is down to 16th.
# Free Speech
European court rejects man's claim he should be able to use Nazi picture in his blog
The man argued that his conviction for the use of an image of Heinrich Himmler interfered with his right to freedom of expression.
# princeton
US college professor cancels cultural freedoms class after use of racial slur causes anger
Colleagues say Professor Emeritus Lawrence Rosen has often used the slur during lectures on free speech.
# Silicon Valley
Google cancels meeting to discuss gender and diversity due to 'safety concerns'
Questions being posed internally by employees, along with some of their names, began appearing on outside websites.
# Free Speech
Fear of protester violence stopped US hard-right pundit Ann Coulter speaking at Berkeley
Ann Coulter described it as a “dark day for free speech”.
# Free Speech
'Harmful and offensive': Complaint against Katie Hopkins' Today FM appearance rejected
Hopkins had been discussing hate speech on The Last Word.
# Free Speech
US abandons lawsuit to unmask owner of anti-Trump Twitter account
The American Civil Liberties Union said this was a “big victory for free speech and right to dissent”.
# humanity
'I wish I had a pound for every time I offended someone. Wait, I do': Gervais defends 'dead babies' joke
The comedian came under fire after a recently bereaved couple walked out of his show.
# perturbed
Reasons behind Ronnie O'Sullivan's 'robot' interview revealed
The snooker legend has suggested he will no longer give frank or in-depth interviews to the media.
# alt right
Most Irish people don't want free speech restrictions - even if it offends some
People are worried about the rise of extreme right-wing views – but 65% of Irish people don’t want restrictions on free speech.
# California
School that sent student home for top that read 'Nobody Knows I'm a Lesbian' changes policy
The court heard that a teacher had her called to the office when she showed up in the shirt.
# Controversial
Fury escapes punishment for comments on women, homosexuality and abortion
The world heavyweight champion has not broken the law, so boxing authorities feel they cannot interfere.
Voices
Senators want to criminalise offending people online – and they're dangerously misguided
Without the freedom to offend, freedom of expression does not exist.
# Read all about it
What did Denis O'Brien achieve by trying to stop THAT speech going public?
The Streisand effect in full swing.
# india's daughter
India refuses to lift ban on BBC gangrape documentary
The Delhi High Court will hear the case on 18 March.
# No Offence But
Frankie Boyle: "Taking offence is often simply an attempt to deny reality"
The comedian takes aim at the press.
# laying down the law
Is there a ban on Irish broadcasters showing this cover? In short, no
The BAI has revised its programming code.
# Free Speech
As France rounds up 'defenders of terrorism', Amnesty worries about free speech
The human rights group has outlined a number of troubling cases.
# divisive
Paris attacks: Kouachi brothers given secret burial in unmarked graves
Over half think the depictions should be published but 42% disagree.
# Free Speech
French comedian Dieudonné to stand trial over Facebook comments about Paris attacks
Dieudonné seem to say he felt like one of the Paris gunmen
# soaked in blood
Rapper jailed for posting lyrics on Facebook threatening to kill ex-wife
Anthony Elonis (AKA Tone Dougie) says the threats weren’t real.
# Censorship
'Deliberate censorship': China has blocked the BBC website
The BBC is complaining to Chinese authorities about the blocking.
# fightback
Twitter sues the US government over right to disclose surveillance orders
The lawsuit concerns the restrictions placed on Twitter over its ability to disclose the exact number of requests made by the FBI and US Justice Department.
# Thorn in the side
5 ways John Bruton has probably annoyed the government over the last few years
While Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen largely maintain their silence, the former Fine Gael leader and taoiseach has been outspoken in recent years.
# Not Ok
Anger over Australian campervan firm's 'little slut' slogan
The company has said it doesn’t try to be controversial and pokes fun at everything.
# Pantigate
Complaints about RTÉ's Panti apology have been rejected by the BAI
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland said that making an apology was an editorial decision and not one for them to decide upon.
# right to march
Boston mayor is negotiating but will only march if St Patrick's parade is "inclusive"
Martin Walsh says that he has met with the parade organisers and emphasised to them that Irish people have been oppressed throughout history.
# Free Speech
Guess where Ireland ranks in the world in terms of press freedom...
Hint: We’re doing better than countries like China and North Korea.
Voices
Open Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O'Neill
The term ‘homophobia’ refers to an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against gay people… So why it is not permissible to state that a group that actively campaigns against same-sex marriage is homophobic?
# beheadings
Poll: Should Facebook allow graphically violent videos?
Facebook says users can post videos showing beheadings as long as they condemn the acts. Do you think this is the right decision?
# Free Speech
Pa Kelly: 'Once the player touches the ball, the goalie should be allowed attack'
Clare keeper says the rules need to be changed to avoid a repeat of All-Ireland final controversy.
# pussy riot
Pussy Riot members flee from Russia
Two bandmates of the three women convicted by a Moscow court of hooliganism charges over anti-Putin protest at a church have fled the country, according to the group.
# Fur Flying
Belarus releases two men on bail over teddy bear stunt
Stunt involved Swedish activists flying illegally into Belarus to drop soft toys carrying protest messages.
# Twitter
Twitter restores journalist's account after backlash
Guy Adams’ account was “unsuspended” this evening after the site shut it down following his criticism of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.
# Facebook
Facebook posts leave US marine facing dismissal
Gary Stein criticised Barack Obama and pasted the president’s face onto unflattering posters.