free speech

Lionel Shriver: We need to not talk about cultural appropriation

20 May 2017 9:10

On the heels of the Today programme’s invitation to discuss ‘cultural appropriation’ (again), the New York Times reported the disheartening…

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…

Western liberals who banned Eagles of Death Metal are doing Isis’s dirty work

23 May 2016 13:45

If you want to know how lost Europe is, how thoroughly it has abandoned freedom of speech, get this: two…

Introducing the new NUS president – who wouldn’t condemn Isis

20 April 2016 14:22

Students have been getting a bad rep of late. Whether it’s safe space advocates proposing motions to ban free speech societies or…

Introducing ‘The President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition’

18 April 2016 18:46

Nobody should be surprised that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has instituted effective blasphemy laws to defend himself from criticism…

The idea of a university as a free space rather than a safe space is vanishing

17 March 2016 17:00

I’ve always admired the liberal Muslims in the Quilliam Foundation. It is hard to take accusations of betrayal from your…

Should internet trolls, hiding behind made-up names, be prosecuted?

3 March 2016 8:03

On Tuesday, I wrote a short blog about Sadiq Khan’s threats to crack down on Uber. For the rest of the…

Twitter’s new ‘Safety Council’ makes a mockery of free speech

11 February 2016 11:54

If you think it’s only crybaby students who set up safe spaces in which they might hide from gruff words…

Trigger warning: students try to ban free-speech society

4 February 2016 9:30

Free speech isn’t what it used to be. From safe spaces to trigger warnings, university campuses have been hit particularly…

Spectator most read: Our five top pieces from this week

29 January 2016 17:14

Our most-read piece this week was Fraser Nelson’s article about the Swedish government’s refusal to be honest about the crime…

Scotland’s free-speech opponents remain as hypocritical as they are illiberal. Shame on them.

27 January 2016 13:35

Like an old friend you do not actually like very much, the Scottish government’s Offensive Behaviour at Football Act will…

Spot the difference: Trump wants to ban people; people want to ban Trump

20 January 2016 13:17

The shamelessly censorious MPs and petition-signers who want Donald Trump banned from Britain are basically saying: ‘Oh my God, he…

Don’t blame the students. They’re a product of a Britain that’s losing its love of free speech

18 January 2016 16:47

In the past 12 months a curious thing has happened: student politics, for decades the most irrelevant, cut-off sphere of public…

Free speech is so last century. Today’s undergraduates demand the ‘right to be comfortable’

30 December 2015 19:59

At No 5 in the Spectator’s most-read articles for 2015 is Brendan O’Neill’s cover piece describing ‘Stepford Students’: those who…

Will the free speech lobby accept Jeremy Corbyn’s right to be a republican?

13 November 2015 17:14

On Wednesday night, Jeremy Corbyn brought to an end one of the most undignified sagas in recent politics, cobbling together…

Open letter to Narendra Modi: ask David Cameron to safeguard freedom of expression in Britain

12 November 2015 14:37

Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Re: Urging Action by Indian government to Safeguard Freedom of Expression in Great Britain As a…

Should people be free to make death threats? Sometimes, yes

3 November 2015 16:36

The keyboard weirdos bombarding Labour MP Jess Phillips with threats, after she scoffed at the idea of marking International Men’s…

British universities have a duty to defend the ‘unsafe’ space

13 October 2015 15:13

In the ever-noisier debate about campus censorship, one party has been noticeably silent: the universities themselves. Last week, the journalists…

Banning provocateurs doesn’t silence them – it only amplifies their voices

9 October 2015 16:00

I write about free speech. And I’m tired of writing about free speech. I’m tired of needing to write about…

When the press quivers before the powerful, no one benefits. Except, of course, the powerful

8 October 2015 11:37

Imagine living in a country where a politician could not only force a newspaper to retract a report but could…

Why are students now cheering about the massacre at Charlie Hebdo?

2 October 2015 17:35

I witnessed something genuinely disturbing at Trinity College Dublin last night: trendy, middle-class, liberal students cheering and whooping a man…

Denmark’s free speech conference kept the spirit of Charlie Hebdo alive

28 September 2015 18:20

This has been a terrible year for free speech. In January, after the atrocities in Paris, the whole world was…

Free speech can’t just apply to those you agree with

28 September 2015 14:12

Finally, the Stepford Students, those safe-spaced, spoilt-brat censors of anyone who thinks differently to them, have had their comeuppance. Following…

Why is the Home Office giving in to illiberal youth by banning rappers like Tyler, The Creator?

28 August 2015 13:17

In a 2012 interview on Newsnight, foul-mouthed LA rapper Tyler, The Creator told a churlish Stephen Smith that the point…

Theresa May on tackling extremism: ‘we’re not talking about curbing free speech’

20 July 2015 9:26

David Cameron will outline the ‘struggle of our generation’ today: tackling Islamist extremism. The Prime Minister is set to deliver a…