Freedom of speech

Is it time to aid Turkey’s protestors?

3 June 2013 10:51

Is it now time for William Hague to send money, and possibly arms, to the rebels now participating in what…

Julie Bailey: Enemy of the People

30 May 2013 10:49

They’re running Julie Bailey out of town. The poison pen letters, foul-mouthed phone calls, slashed tyres, shit through the letterbox,…

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…

Sally Bercow libelled Lord McAlpine, High Court rules

24 May 2013 11:14

Welcome, Sally Bercow, to the naughtiest club in town: the Libel Club. The colourful Mrs Bercow has often got it in…

Some anti-fascists are very fascistic

17 May 2013 17:36

Nigel Farage has just met one of the most fascinating aspects of modern politics. He was surrounded in Edinburgh by…

Vladimir Putin meets the Munchkins

16 April 2013 11:08

Late on Friday my editor at the Observer called and asked me to dash off a few words on what…

Bassem Youssef’s arrest is just one example of the attack on free speech in Egypt

4 April 2013 14:34

Bassem Youssef is better known as ‘Egypt’s John Stewart’. He is a 39 year old cardiologist who made his name…

Julie Burchill, trannies and the free press

27 March 2013 16:05

If anybody doubts that free speech would be in danger after Leveson it is worth remembering what it is already…

Jim Sheridan MP and those “parasites” in parliament

19 March 2013 15:14

Labour MP Jim Sheridan covered himself in glory this morning by asking why the ‘parasitical press’ is ‘even allowed to…

It’s not a press regulator, it’s a web regulator.

18 March 2013 20:31

Since the early 1990s, hundreds of millions of words have been produced about the Web. Enthusiasts have told us that…

The Koran and Richard Dawkins’s survival instinct

25 February 2013 16:33

I thought that readers might be interested in this new piece from me on Islam, the Koran and Richard Dawkins’s…

An interview with Lars Hedegaard

14 February 2013 11:24

A couple of days ago I managed to interview Lars Hedegaard – the Danish journalist currently at an undisclosed location…

The cowardly and hypocritical media abandons Lars Hedegaard

8 February 2013 16:01

It is now three days since a European journalist was visited at his door by an assassin. For three days…

An assassination attempt on Lars Hedegaard

5 February 2013 18:27

It has just been announced that my friend Lars Hedegaard, a Danish journalist and frequent critic of Islamic fundamentalism, has…

No-go Britain

31 January 2013 11:47

In 2008 one of Britain’s best and most courageous men, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, said that there were parts of Britain…

Scientologists trap us in the closet

12 January 2013 11:17

Whenever I give lectures on my book on censorship – Whaddya mean you haven’t read it? Buy it here at…

In praise of the bloody-minded Paul Chambers

19 December 2012 12:35

What freedoms we have in Britain have not come as a rule from revolutions and thunderous declarations of the rights…

Lord Justice Leveson and the baby killers

12 December 2012 11:13

I have worried about Hugh Grant’s understanding of power ever since he started bringing up baby. I first saw him…

Mo Yan’s malignant apology for ‘necessary’ censorship

11 December 2012 15:58

The Chinese writer Mo Yan collected the Nobel Prize for Literature last night. In his acceptance lecture, he reiterated his…

Simin Daneshvar, Persia’s first female novelist and hope for Iran’s future

11 December 2012 14:40

There is a Persian proverb which states that ‘books are a man’s best friend.’ Persian literature from the kings of…