Freedom of Expression

HEPI Offers Clarion Call to Protect Free Speech on Campus

Concerns that free speech is being on university campuses, at least in the United Kingdom, are overblown, with the biggest threat originating not on campuses but from the government and its Prevent program. That’s a key takeaway in a new paper from Britain’s Higher Education Policy Institute, Free Speech and Censorship on Campus.

3 years ago

Might Campus Free Speech Laws Muzzle Some Speech?

Some language in campus speech legislation may be largely symbolic and not change what many colleges are already doing. But, argues Neal Hutchens, some provisions in legislation could change campus speech rules in important ways.

3 years ago

Special Pleading: Free Speech and Australian Universities

This is an edited version of a speech given by Glyn Davis, distinguished professor of political science at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University, at a summit to explore issues of academic freedom and autonomy hosted by the Australian National University.

4 years ago

Diversity of Viewpoints is Essential for the Pursuit of Knowledge

Pushing for a lecture to be cancelled, or disrupted so that it is either postponed on health and safety grounds, or goes ahead but speakers are unable to be heard, is censorship, argues Jo Williams, and it is to the detriment of all within universities and wider society alike.

6 years ago
Margaret Atwood quote

Celebrating Freedom of Expression

UPDATED WITH WINNERS: Various artists and intellectuals have written for Index on Censorship over the years. As the London-based organization hands out its annual Freedom of Expression Awards, here are some quotes from them that we hope inspire you to speak out for those who can’t.

6 years ago
Peter Singer

Let’s Un-Invite the Idea of Disinvitations

When people with well-known, if controversial, ideas are disinvited from speaking engagements just because those known views bother some people who know how to send email or to tweet, something is very wrong, argues Russell Blackford.

7 years ago