Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups? -Thomas Holt, Joshua D Freilich and Steven Chermak

17 09 2017

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In the wake of an explosion in London on September 15, President Trump called for cutting off extremists’ access to the internet. Racists and terrorists, and many other extremists, have used the internet for decades and adapted as technology evolved, shifting from text-only discussion forums to elaborate and interactive websites, custom-built secure messaging systems and even entire social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Medžlis Islamske Zajednice Brčko v Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Simple Speech Case Made Unbelievably Complex? – Stijn Smet

29 08 2017

Imagine, if you will, two scenarios. The first involves four NGOs writing a private letter to the highest authorities of a Bosnian city. “According to our information”, the NGOs state in the letter, the newly appointed Serbian director of a public radio station has displayed a problematic attitude towards Muslims and Bosniacs. Read the rest of this entry »





Tech companies can distinguish between free speech and hate speech if they want to – David Glance

22 08 2017

File 20170818 30746 1so7kiwIn the wake of violence in the US town of Charlottesville, the tech industry has started removing access to some of their services from groups associated with the far-right and those espousing racial intolerance. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: Is liking something on Facebook ‘protected political speech’? It depends – Melissa Castan

19 08 2017

File 20170814 28472 1ttey05Australians are often surprised to learn that their Constitution contains no right to free speech. Even the right to political speech, which is constitutionally implied, is increasingly complicated by new online platforms where people can express their views. Read the rest of this entry »





Turkey’s Twitter crackdown ratchets up, as state says, “Click now to report a user to the police!” – Dağhan Irak,

30 07 2017

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On July 4, Eren Aksoyoğlu, a member of the Turkish Joint June Movement opposition bloc, was taken into custody for a tweet criticising the government’s handling of a racially-motivated brawl in Ankara. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Supreme Court dismisses claimant’s appeal in PNM v Times Newspapers case

19 07 2017

In a judgment handed down today ([2017] UKSC 49) the UK Supreme Court, by a majority of 5:2, dismissed the appeal of the claimant from the refusal of Tugendhat J and the Court of Appeal to grant an injunction to prevent his name being disclosed in connection with a criminal investigation. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Medžlis Islamske Zajednice Brčko v. Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Political defamation” and public servants’ reputational rights – Alex Bailin QC and Jessica Jones

11 07 2017

In Medžlis Islamske Zajednice Brčko and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina ([2017] ECHR 608)  the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR found by an 11-6 majority that there was no violation of Article 10 in findings of defamation by the national courts in relation to a public servant’s right to reputation. Read the rest of this entry »