freedom of speech
Porn Stars Worry That Trump Will Crack Down on the Adult Industry
We talked with porn stars Joanna Angel, Jesse Jackman, and Tasha Reign about the fear that Donald Trump's administration might try to chip away at First Amendment protections for pornography.
'Prison Legal News' Is a Publication by Prisoners, for Prisoners
The monthly magazine that Paul Wright founded from his jail cell now has a circulation of 10,000—and a reputation for not being afraid to fight the government to get its issues into prisoners' hands.
Meeting Pakistan’s Radical Feminists
We met the Pakistani women who dare to fight for free speech. One of them was Sabeen Mahmud, a woman who created a counter-cultural haven for thinkers in Karachi, and, in April, paid for it with her life.
Let’s Call Female Online Harassment What It Really Is: Terrorism
If we want to make the internet a safer space for women, we need to start by recognising the threats they face there for what they actually are.
Why Is This Harmless-Looking Bollywood Movie Triggering a Huge Free Speech Debate in India?
MSG: The Messenger of God is a Bollywood film that critics claim is trying to proselytise on behalf of a bizarre and controversial religious sect.
The Canadian Government Won't Help Journalist Mohamed Fahmy Get Out of Egyptian Jail
A Canadian journalist imprisoned in Egypt has called out the Canadian Prime Minister after a visit by Foreign Minister John Baird failed to end his more than year-long nightmare.
Illustrator Koren Shadmi on 'Charlie Hebdo' and the State of French Cartoons
The French have a special relationship with comics, and Charlie Hebdo is part of a long tradition of satirical cartoons in that country dating back to at least the early 1800s.
Fear and Unity at the Largest March in French History
Millions of Parisians took to the streets yesterday to show that the Charlie Hebdo massacre won't divide them – and to show up the hypocrisy of the world leaders in attendance.
In Defence of Offence
A former Onion editor on why it's vitally important to defend satire, even when we don't like it.
How a Power-Mad Illinois Mayor Launched a Police Crusade Against a Parody Twitter Account
Peoria city officials apparently don't understand the First Amendment.
The Bahraini Government Is Still Repressing Its Critics
Protesters want to negotiate, but that's kind of tricky while you're being tear-gassed and tortured.
Sudan Detained Journalists Who Supported Anti-Government Protests
The government arrested 700 people.