Freedom of speech

The Pineapple of Hate

5 October 2012 10:48

We have had the dreaded cartoons, films, teddy-bear and more. But I bet that until now nobody imagined we would…

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…

Freedom betrayed

20 September 2012 14:50

I have a piece in the magazine this week on the disgraceful behaviour of Hillary Clinton and other US officials…

No surrender for Salman

20 September 2012 14:39

As the Middle East reels and Parisian satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo up their security, one man who knows more than…

Joseph Anton, a brilliant and important book

20 September 2012 9:20

I’m halfway through Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie’s memoir of what it was like to be given a death sentence by…

Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ revisited

17 September 2012 11:34

The publication of Joseph Anton (tomorrow), Salman Rushdie’s much anticipated memoir, has given newspapers cause to revisit The Satanic Verses. The…

Salman Rushdie: He’s still here

15 September 2012 12:04

Until the launch party for Salman Rushdie’s autobiography, the best story I’d heard about the forced marriage of literary London…

Freedom undermined by termites

12 September 2012 17:46

I have been reading a new book by Theodore Dalrymple which I highly recommend. Readers of the Spectator will need…

Channel 4 cancels Tom Holland’s history of Islam, but the extremists will not win

11 September 2012 18:30

In what may prove to be the most depressingly predictable story of the year, we learn that Channel 4 has…

The history of Islam is not off-limits

1 September 2012 17:37

I’ve only just got around to watching Tom Holland’s documentary for Channel 4 from earlier this week: ‘Islam: the untold…

Karl Rove’s a believer

1 September 2012 16:27

I’m indebted to John Rentoul for drawing my attention to this report of a talk given by Karl Rove to…

RIP Robert Hughes: Enemy of the Woozy

7 August 2012 18:23

Few books have had a greater effect on me than Robert Hughes’ Culture of Complaint. The clarity of Hughes’ style…

Peter Hitchens vs Mehdi Hasan

6 August 2012 14:54

A fascinating column in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday by Peter Hitchens asks ‘Am I an “animal”, a “cow” — or…

The censorship Olympics

11 July 2012 14:45

The Olympics may just 16 days away but will the spectators be able to find chips? The shocking picture above shows…

A self-regarding attack on free speech

9 July 2012 16:30

Imbecilic leftie authoritarians are whining again about being called nasty names by people with less power than them. Exhibit A…

Will journalists soon have to pay for the privilege?

18 June 2012 18:30

I had the strangest call today from an outfit called publicservice.co.uk. A rather pleasant woman, albeit with a slightly insistent…

What’s Happened to Free Speech in Britain?

14 March 2012 17:31

It’s not just Scotland, however. Speech-restricting madness exists across the United Kingdom. Here’s an extraordinary tale from West Yorkshire where…

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…

An assault on humour

3 November 2011 17:45

On Tuesday night the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was firebombed, presumably by Islamic terrorists, for naming the Prophet Mohammed…

The danger to a free press

27 September 2011 13:09

“In Britain, a free press is non-negotiable,” Ivan Lewis has just said – before suggesting ways that Government might, ahem,…