Category - Free Speech News

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Opening the Door to Free Speech in China
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Former Greece Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Argues for a Reunification of Politics and Economics
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Rape is a Crime, Even in War
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The Rebirth of Cuban Free Speech
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A Chance at Change
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Free Speech Under Threat in South Africa With Introduction of “Protection of State Information Bill”
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Raif Badawi Wins the Freedom to Publish Prize
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Afghanistan’s Photojournalists Are the Face of the Country’s Revival
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“An Obligation to Be Responsible” – Brenda Williams Tackles the Fine Line between Free Speech and Hate Speech in Her Film Against Hate
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Magna Carta for the Digital Age

Opening the Door to Free Speech in China

Deng Xiaoping’s 1978 Open Door Policy opened China’s markets in the hopes that international trade would produce a level of modernity comparable to that of the West. China’s growth has increased exponentially since its market opening. But with the lessons of the failed USSR, Deng Xiaoping understood that extreme measures must be taken to ensure his Open Door Policy did not open the sequential door to Freedom Speech and the Rule of Law.

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Former Greece Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Argues for a Reunification of Politics and Economics

Varoufakis says the separation of the economic from the political sphere is a process that was begun decades ago, and “like a population of predators that are so successful in decimating the prey they must feed on that in the end they starve, similarly the economic sphere has been colonizing and cannibalizing the political sphere to such an extent that it is undermining itself causing economic crisis.”

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A Chance at Change

In criticizing Cuba’s long history of repression, Obama took a major risk, one that had the potential to destroy the renewed relationship only hours after setting foot on Cuban soil. Next month President Obama will visit Saudi Arabia where he will have the opportunity to denounce the continued human rights abuses of the House of Saud.

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Free Speech Under Threat in South Africa With Introduction of “Protection of State Information Bill”

The bill proposed by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party aims to regulate the protection of state information. Were the bill to become law, it would allow any level of government, from federal to state to municipal, to classify any document as secret. It would also create mandatory prison sentences for whistleblowers who release the contents of so-called “secret documents.” The bill was drawn up in response to “increased threats” to South African national security.

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“An Obligation to Be Responsible” – Brenda Williams Tackles the Fine Line between Free Speech and Hate Speech in Her Film Against Hate

As America continues to undergo rapid transformation in its social fabric, a complicated question arises, one that requires bringing the country’s foundation under cross-examination: when does Free Speech become Hate Speech? It is a question few wish to discuss but one that Brenda Williams’ documentary Against Hate felt inclined to answer.

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