censorship


Is Iran really censoring “Wine” and other words?

You might indeed be tempted to initially think it to be a comedy sketch, but apparently there are words so terrifying that the Iranian minister of culture has decided to ban them, for example the word “wine”, or at least that is what the Telegraph claims … Iran’s culture ministry has decided to censor the use of the word “wine” and the names of “foreign animals” and dignitaries from any books published in the Islamic Republic.  The new rules are designed to protect […]

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Censorship of @MaryamNamazie at the @Guardian 2

Maryam Namazie, like many of us, was quite frankly appalled with David Shariatmadari’s apologetics for Islamism that was recently published on 2nd Oct in the UKs Guardian, so she contacted them and demanded a right of reply. She was very much the target of his article, was named within it, and so it was wholly appropriate that she should reply. His stance appears to be that cancelling her speech at Warwick university was indeed just fine because it might offend some religious people. […]

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Freedom of Speech banned at Warwick university in the UK 1

You would expect a university to be a melting pot of ideas and a place where not only do you learn, but you also have all of your preconceived notions challenged. Apparently this is not the case over at Warwick university because stories are circulating in the UKs national media that a secular activist who also happens to be an ex-Muslim has been banned from speaking because there is a risk that she might cause offence amongst the Muslim student […]

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Students have rights, their beliefs don’t.

Rory Fenton, president of the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies (AHS) in the UK, has a great article in the HuffPo all about what has been going on. After the rather dire actions executed by those attempting to protect specific religious students from having their beliefs criticised, the latest update is in fact good news and so a bit of common sense is finally starting to prevail. He writes about the lunacy that has been in play … … […]

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More Student Union censorshit (no that’s not a typo)

Oh boy, here we go again, and as beautifully summed up by Jonathan Jones in the Guardian … Student union officials took down the advert for the Atheist Society at London South Bank University in what has to be one of the daftest and most anti-intellectual acts of censorship since the Catholic church told Galileo to point his telescope the other way round in case he discovered something that offended flat-Earthers. Yes indeed, they had a poster that was deemed to be “religiously […]

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LSE Censorship – An Apology at last

You might, or perhaps might not, be aware, but at the start of term during their annual Freshers’ Fair last Oct, the students union at the London School of Economics came down upon two students like a ton of bricks. The hideous crime being purged by these self-appointed thugs was the demand that two members of the LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Student Society would be physically removed from the annual Freshers’ Fair unless they covered up t-shirts deemed “offensive”. A member of […]

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