Censorship

The pointlessness of banning Bannon

4 September 2018 16:12

Under David Remnick’s editorship, the New Yorker has become stronger than ever during a period where many titles have collapsed. So you’d think…

It’s time to stop the digital mudracking

28 August 2018 16:19

What do Jeremy Corbyn, Stormzy, film director James Gunn and former Gay Times editor Josh Rivers all have in common? Answer:…

The Spectator Podcast: Campus tyranny

24 August 2017 13:54

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast we look at the issue of ‘safe spaces’ on campuses and beyond. We…

Both sides are missing the point in the row over Dana Schutz’s painting

3 April 2017 15:00

‘Let the people see what I have seen’, said the mother of Emmett Till. In 1955 her son, a 14-year-old…

Why I’ve cancelled my signing at an anti-Trump bookshop

26 February 2017 10:00

To my mind, a bookshop is like a library — the only difference is that you buy the books, you…

Where should the line be drawn over the famous Kim Phuc photograph?

10 September 2016 10:47

Can you imagine, in the wake of a terror attack in London, a tabloid, or any other kind of media…

Sadiq Khan’s advert ban shows he is an illiberal censor at heart

14 June 2016 12:20

Six weeks ago I was one of the 1.3 million Londoners who voted for Sadiq Khan as mayor. Boy do…

No, thank you, Officer, I will not think before I speak

28 May 2016 13:44

As my daughter was preparing for her AS level exam on 1984 this week, George Orwell’s dystopian classic loomed back…

The internet’s war on free speech

10 May 2016 16:12

The dream of internet freedom has died. What a dream it was. Twenty years ago, nerdy libertarians hailed the web…

Revealed: UK government blocks foreign journalists from press freedom conference

12 April 2016 9:40

On its website the Foreign and Commonwealth Office claims that ‘we’re strengthening the Commonwealth as a focus for democratic practice…

The Chinese are willing participants in state censorship

12 November 2015 17:53

For three decades, Cui Yongyuan has been one of China’s national treasures. As a veteran television presenter for CCTV (China’s…

Feminism becomes more like Islamism every day

28 April 2015 12:42

Here’s a tip for political activists: if your rabble-rousing echoes the behaviour and ideas of Islamists, then you’re doing something…

She’s wrong, but Katie Hopkins has a right to call migrants ‘cockroaches’

20 April 2015 17:32

I know we’re all supposed to be spitting blood over Katie Hopkins’ Sun column about African migrants. In fact, anyone…

The Spectator at war: Censorship and mystification

6 December 2014 8:30

From The Policy of Mystification, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Let us say that we have not ourselves suffered from…

Let’s call a ban on Katy Perry. Why I’m siding with the mad mullahs.

27 February 2014 18:02

Call me a fruitcake, but I am all for Islamic censorship when it comes to Katy Perry. In the last…

How the media has it both ways over the ‘Jesus and Mo’ cartoons

14 February 2014 11:14

A reader sends me a card for sale in Scribblers in the King’s Road, Chelsea. It depicts two slices of…

Can we trust the state to censor porn?

22 July 2013 13:31

The most sweeping censorship is always the most objectionable. In principle, however, there is nothing wrong with David Cameron’s sweeping…

Chan Koon Chung – banned in China

29 May 2013 10:29

Chan Koon Chung’s previous novel, The Fat Years, was set in a gently dystopian Beijing of 2013, when a whole…

China bans Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’: George Orwell would have seen the irony

27 September 2012 9:01

Books – or lack thereof – are the latest manifestation of anti-Japanese sentiment in China. The escalating dispute over the…

The worst form of censorship

8 November 2011 15:14

A week ago, the offices of the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo were burned down. This attack came after it…

Free speech dies another death in Burma

23 January 2011 12:36

The joy of Aung San Suu Kyi being given Internet access for the first time on Friday has proved transient.…

The Conservative Party’s Duty of Care to Christopher Galley

25 April 2009 14:13

For my views on the Galley case please go to my Index on Censorship blog post today.  My point is…

Humbling Free Expression Awards

22 April 2009 8:15

I am always blown away by the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. But for some reason, last night’s…