Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement and common law judges’ extrajudicial opinions

Jeremy Lam - 29th July 2019

During the recent anti-extradition movement in Hong Kong, a High Court judge participated by signing a petition against the controversial bill amendments, which was considered inappropriate by the Chief Justice. This is reminiscent of an incident involving Australian High Court Justice Michael Kirby, who called upon the government to boost funding for state schools in […]

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A Tale of Two Prime Ministers? Internet Shutdowns Gagging Free speech in Ethiopia

Yohannes Eneyew Ayalew - 18th July 2019

In the month of June 2019, Ethiopia encountered two major internet shutdown measures following a potential fear of leakage of school exams over the internet, and high profile assassinations. This blog post briefly sheds light on internet shutdowns during the reign of successive prime ministers of Ethiopia, and its impact on free speech. Internet shutdown […]

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Namibian Supreme Court finds that National Security Concerns do not Automatically Trump Free Speech

Kennedy Kariseb - 24th May 2019

The Namibian Supreme Court’s decision in Director-General of the Namibian Central Intelligence Service Another v Haufiku & Others, (Haufiku) sheds some light on the tensions between national security and fundamental human rights and freedoms, in this case, the freedom of the press. The case concerned the Namibian Central Intelligence Services’ (NCIS) appeal against the High […]

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Under India’s New Intermediary Rules, Fundamental Rights Take Backstage

Purushotham Kittane - 15th March 2019

The Indian Government’s Information Technology Ministry had recently invited comments on proposed amendments to the existing guidelines for intermediaries mainly governing how social networks (and other intermediaries) facilitate the flow of information. Through this, the State seeks to come down harshly on the spread of fake news. This comes to fore as the world’s largest […]

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Ireland Votes to Remove Blasphemy Offence from Constitution

Alastair Richardson - 29th October 2018

The 37th Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland was passed by referendum on Friday, removing the word ‘blasphemous’ from Article 40.6.1i. In Article 40.6.1, the State guarantees “subject to public order and morality,” the “right of the citizens to express freely their convictions and opinions.” The Article added, however, that “the publication or utterance of […]

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Blocking ride-sharing applications goes against free speech and human progress

Esteban Russell and Leornado Orlanski - 13th September 2018

Last year, a local court of Buenos Aires ordered the blockage of Uber’s app and website nationwide in Argentina. The decision stated that Uber had to be blocked (and banned) since its drivers occupied public spaces to engage in commercial activity, and that was a misdemeanor. On June 18 this year, the decision was overturned […]

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