Category - freedom of expression

  • May 19, 2015

    A Northern Ireland court found Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination after it refused to bake a cake calling for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry.

  • January 23, 2015

    When children are murdered, let us call each child by name and name what has been done to her in the name of some cause she will never know or understand. To call a murdered child a suicide bomber is to violate her all over again, says Professor Tina Beattie, in the wake of Boko Haram's deadliest yet attacks in northern Nigeria.

  • January 23, 2015

    Religious fidelity and free speech can learn the art of coexistence despite the acerbic challenges that have flowed from the terrible Paris shootings and the arguments about Charlie Hebdo magazine, says Ekklesia associate and Middle East analyst Dr Harry Hagopian. The much harder – and harsher – question is whether we as followers of a religion or as advocates of free speech can coexist too?

  • January 16, 2015

    A criminal investigation has been launched against one of Turkey’s largest daily newspapers for “insulting religious values” in relation to Charlie Hebdo reporting.

  • January 13, 2015

    Recent events have led to serious reflection on freedom of expression and religious values in a World Council of Churches Communications Forum.

  • January 8, 2015

    Twelve people were murdered yesterday (7 January) in an appalling attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. This has inflamed religious and ethnic tensions, as the killers are believed to be violent Islamist extremists.

  • November 24, 2014

    A new briefing from Amnesty says the Indonesian authorities increasingly make use of a range of oppressive blasphemy laws to imprison individuals for their beliefs.

  • November 6, 2014

    Marriage equality is a worthy cause, and UK laws rightly ban discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. But a legal case by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland against a bakery unhelpfully confuses different issues.

  • October 15, 2014

    A Manifesto for Secularism was recently launched at a conference in London. While the aim, to counter the religious right, is positive, I have reservations about some aspects.

  • October 4, 2014

    Hong Kong’s police failed in their duty to protect peaceful pro-democracy protesters from attacks by counter demonstrators yesterday, says Amnesty International.