Freedom of speech

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Hong Kong court jails three on riot charges despite no evidence of rioting
Activist Joshua Wong separately sentenced over Tiananmen vigil protest in 2020

Helen Davidson and agencies

06, May, 2021 @7:33 AM

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Beijing calls Hong Kong bar association chief an ‘anti-China politician’
Authorities lambast British-born Paul Harris for criticising treatment of pro-democracy campaigners

Helen Davidson in Taipei

27, Apr, 2021 @11:10 AM

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UK universities urge government to be ‘proportionate’ in free speech legislation
Members of the Russell Group are concerned at extra bureaucracy and say they already work to uphold free speech

Richard Adams and Rachel Hall

21, Apr, 2021 @11:01 PM

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IOC bans athletes from taking a knee and podium protests at Tokyo Olympics
International Olympic Committee polled more than 3,000 athletes and two-thirds responded by saying they support the ban on podium protests

Sean Ingle

21, Apr, 2021 @6:20 PM

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Hong Kong democracy leaders found guilty over peaceful 2019 protest
Seven figures including Martin Lee and media tycoon Jimmy Lai convicted over unauthorised march

Helen Davidson in Taipei, and agencies in Hong Kong

01, Apr, 2021 @1:27 PM

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To live in a diverse society means to live with debate. Bring it on | Kenan Malik
The Batley school row reminds us that in a plural society conflict is not just inevitable but a sign of good health

Kenan Malik

28, Mar, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Writers grapple with rules of the imagination
Manifesto of writers’ association PEN might be perceived as straying into contentious territory, says US arm

Edward Helmore

28, Mar, 2021 @5:45 AM

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Facebook leak underscores strategy to operate in repressive regimes
Exclusive: users are allowed to praise mass killers and ‘violent non-state actors’ in certain situations

Alex Hern UK technology editor

23, Mar, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The Observer view on the erosion of our civil liberties | Observer editorial
Freedom of association is too precious to be denied by the police acting alone

Observer editorial

14, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Indian theatre festival forced to close after Hindu vigilantes object to satirical plays
Bajrang Dal hardliners in Madhya Pradesh threaten violence over plays ‘disrespectful to the Indian flag’

Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Delhi

10, Mar, 2021 @3:00 AM

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The Dissident review – inside track on grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Turkey’s president blew the gaff on how the dissident Saudi author was killed, providing plentiful material for this gripping documentary

Peter Bradshaw

05, Mar, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Like Pablo Hasél, I faced jail for my rap lyrics – but the worst censorship is self-censorship | Valtònyc
The rapper’s arrest shows Spain has a problem with freedom of ideology. But people shouldn’t be scared to write songs that stand up to power

Valtònyc

01, Mar, 2021 @10:30 AM

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