Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

South Africa’s Constitutional Court Sets Precedent for the Prohibition of Hate Speech

South Africa’s Constitutional Court Sets Precedent for the Prohibition of Hate Speech

It is widely recognised that at the heart of the South African Constitution lies an expansive promise of equality, ...
Preventive Detention for Bursting Myths: The Draconian National Security Act in India

Preventive Detention for Bursting Myths: The Draconian National Security Act in India

A Supreme Court bench of India comprising Honourable Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah directed the release ...
Association Accept and Others v. Romania: The European Court of Human Rights Takes a Fresh Look at Homophobic Speech and Biased Criminal-Law Enforcement

Association Accept and Others v. Romania: The European Court of Human Rights Takes a Fresh Look at Homophobic Speech and Biased Criminal-Law Enforcement

That hate-speech victims (who have sued unsuccessfully in a CoE member state) should obtain redress in Strasbourg ...
South African Constitutional Court sentences former President Zuma to 15 months’ in prison for contempt of court

South African Constitutional Court sentences former President Zuma to 15 months’ in prison for contempt of court

On 29 June 2021, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ran out of patience with former President Zuma’s very ...
Arbitrary Blocking of Websites Violates Freedom of Expression, Rules ECtHR

Arbitrary Blocking of Websites Violates Freedom of Expression, Rules ECtHR

In June 2020, the European Court of Human Rights delivered a series of four judgements against the arbitrary ...
Reconceptualising ‘Reputation’ post #MeToo

Reconceptualising ‘Reputation’ post #MeToo

In October 2018, India’s #MeToo wave witnessed an explosion of online testimonies against sexual predators, by ...
What Price Comedy? Freedom of Expression and Dignity Clash at Canada’s Supreme Court

What Price Comedy? Freedom of Expression and Dignity Clash at Canada’s Supreme Court

The boy with a subwoofer on his head. When I complained that he sang badly, I was told “He’s dying. Let him live ...
Minority Vilification: Redress for Community Members

Minority Vilification: Redress for Community Members

On 16 February 2021, the European Court of Human Rights delivered landmark judgments against Bulgaria regarding ...
An opportunity lost for the protection of freedom of expression and LGBTI rights in Jamaica

An opportunity lost for the protection of freedom of expression and LGBTI rights in Jamaica

On 30 October 2020, the Jamaican Court of Appeal handed down its long awaited judgment in the case of Tomlinson v ...
Hong Kong: Anti-Mask Law Held Constitutional (but please wear a mask for COVID-19)

Hong Kong: Anti-Mask Law Held Constitutional (but please wear a mask for COVID-19)

The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (“HKCFA”) recently held that the Prohibition on Face Covering ...
Trump and Twitter: A Freedom of Speech Quagmire

Trump and Twitter: A Freedom of Speech Quagmire

The banning of US President Donald Trump from Twitter and a sundry of other social media platforms, after his ...
Internet Access as a Derivative Component of the Freedom of Expression

Internet Access as a Derivative Component of the Freedom of Expression

The judgement in the case of Amnesty International Togo v The Togolese Republic [2020] asserts access to internet ...

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