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  • NEWS

    Regime never suppresses free speech, says Prawit

    News, Published on 17/07/2016

    » Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Saturday brushed off a call for an open dialogue on the referendum by European Union envoys, saying the regime never suppressed free speech.

  • OPINION

    Police stifle free speech

    News, Editorial, Published on 13/09/2018

    » It has happened again. the Thai police have forced the cancellation of a public forum by citing concerns over security, which is a broad and dubious term.

  • OPINION

    Free speech and the crossing of a line

    News, Published on 12/01/2015

    » Within 24 hours of the tragic killings last Thursday at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, scores of editorials and commentaries poured out from the media, mainstream as well as alternative, about the need to defend freedom of expression from threats of terrorism.

  • LEARNING

    Twitter: “free speech with limits”

    Terry Fredrickson, Published on 30/01/2012

    » Governments nervous about what their citizens say in public are getting some help from the popular social network service Twitter.

  • LIFESTYLE

    All things freedom

    Life, Published on 31/08/2018

    » World-renowned contemporary artist Tobias Rehberger has whimsically interpreted "freedom" and many free things, such as Free Beer and Free Speech, on screen prints, mixed media and sculpture.

  • OPINION

    How to 'fix' social media without using censorship

    News, Published on 22/06/2018

    » The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal may have changed the way millions of people perceive the risks to privacy when they go online. But it could have obscured an equally profound digital age debate: widespread resistance to internet companies' role as the global speech police of the digital age. The future of free speech depends on getting this debate right.

  • OPINION

    Beware the online culture warriors

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 22/10/2018

    » The news media in the Western world remains dominated by newspapers, magazines and broadcasters still known as the mainstream. The most vivid proof of their continued reign over public opinion is in the figure of US President Donald Trump, whose repeated attacks on "failing" publications like The New York Times and the Washington Post as "enemies of the people" is a backhanded tribute to their continued power.

  • NEWS

    Supreme Court forces nationalism into movie theatres

    News, Noah Feldman, Published on 05/12/2016

    » Amid rising Hindu nationalism, the Supreme Court of India has ordered theatres to play the national anthem before films and directed moviegoers to stand at attention -- no excuses. The Indian constitution is a wonder of the world, but this decision undercuts free-speech and individual rights at a moment when the country can ill-afford it. The court, which has the final word in interpreting the constitution, can still reverse itself. And it should, because the court's job is to protect rights, not to impose duties and obligations when the legislature has not done so.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Handpicked hamper

    Guru, Jarupat Buranastidporn, Published on 16/12/2016

    » If we had it our way, the government would reconsider its stance on free speech and developers would stop building so many bloody malls. But since that's not how the world works (or at least Thailand anyway), we think it's probably a better idea to save our breaths, shut our gobs and indulge in the finer things in life instead. After all, it is the holiday season, which automatically means that calories don't count and three glasses is a perfectly decent number of vino to be had.

  • OPINION

    Sometimes 'safe spaces' harbour hidden dangers

    News, John Lloyd, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Few great social changes are wholly positive. "Safe spaces", for example. Most popular in universities, they're meant to provide a feeling of security for those who feel vulnerable, a place where students can avoid issues that might cause them distress.

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