freedom of expression

  • 13 May 2014

    “They showed themselves weak in trying to frighten us.” My grandfather's words about the Blackshirts, born out of his experience of the conflict of Cable Street, have stayed in my mind. As a young child, I sensed their import, even though I had little understanding of the context or the meaning. I revisited his words with an adult understanding in the light of two occasions of weak and ugly behaviours from UKIP supporters over the last few days.

  • 25 Apr 2014

    Supporters of far-right candidate Narendra Modi have condemned a college principal for speaking up for justice and the environment during India’s parliamentary election. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) complained to the Electoral Commission about Frazer Mascarenhas, principal of St Xavier’s College and a Jesuit priest.

  • 24 Mar 2014

    Amnesty International has called on the Turkish authorities to immediately reverse a "draconian" decision to block the Twitter social media site.

  • 9 Oct 2013

    Amnesty has described the decision of a Moscow court to sentence a protestor to forcible psychiatric treatment as an "abhorrent return to Soviet-era practices".

  • 7 Oct 2013

    Amnesty International has condemned the Moscow authorities’ decision to block their planned Sochi protest against the lack of freedom of expression in Russia.

  • 4 Oct 2013

    Faith-based organisations have written to David Cameron and Nick Clegg about the effect of the Lobbying Bill on the expression of "deeply held beliefs in the political arena."

  • 8 Aug 2013

    Emergency decrees issued by the King of Bahrain which include the banning of protests are a shameful attempt to ban dissent and freedom of expression, says Amnesty.

  • 28 Jul 2013

    The UN Secretary- General has condemned the upsurge of violence in Egypt, calling for peaceful protest and respect for the right to free speech and assembly.

  • 16 Jun 2013

    The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has said reports that GCHQ are gathering intelligence from phones and online sites should not concern people who have nothing to hide. Hague's refusal – on security grounds of course – to either confirm or deny the UK's links with the US Prism secret surveillance programme is a source of further disquiet.

  • 16 Apr 2013

    The conviction of a renowned Turkish pianist for “denigrating Islam” on Twitter sends a “chilling” message to social media users in the country, Amnesty says.