Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression

Covid-19 in Sri Lanka: Is Free Speech the next Victim?

Covid-19 in Sri Lanka: Is Free Speech the next Victim?

On 1 April 2020, Sri Lanka’s police announced that it would arrest those who disseminate false or disparaging statements about government officials combating the spread of the Covid-19 virus. In...
The Filipino Anti-False Content Bill: Fake News and Free Expression

The Filipino Anti-False Content Bill: Fake News and Free Expression

On 1 July 2019, the ‘Anti-False Content Bill’ was introduced in the Senate of the Philippines, seeking to ‘protect the public from the deleterious effects of false and deceiving content...
The Communications Blackout in Kashmir: The Rebirth of a ‘National Security’ Court?

The Communications Blackout in Kashmir: The Rebirth of a ‘National Security’ Court?

On October 1st, the Indian Supreme Court heard petitions relating to the media and communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) following the government’s effective abrogation of Article 370 on...
Blurred Lines: When Free Speech Becomes Hate Speech

Blurred Lines: When Free Speech Becomes Hate Speech

On the 27th of August 2019, the South African Constitutional Court (Court) heard its first substantive hate speech case in relation to statements made by Bongani Masuku, as Head of...
Human Rights and Internet Shut-Downs in Jammu & Kashmir

Human Rights and Internet Shut-Downs in Jammu & Kashmir

The developments in Valleys of Jammu and Kashmir (hereinafter J&K or valley) has witnessed innumerable counts of pre-emptive internet shut downs. Amidst the recent political disruption, this is the 54th...
Should government employees be able to criticise the government?

Should government employees be able to criticise the government?

In Australia, the Australian Public Service (‘APS’) is statutorily required to be ‘apolitical, performing its functions in an impartial and professional manner’ (s 10(1) of the Public Service Act 1999...
The Eroding Foundations of Freedom of Information in India

The Eroding Foundations of Freedom of Information in India

The right to information is often understood as essential for the effective exercise of the right to expression, including within the latter’s ambit, not just information disseminators, but also information...
Hong Kong’s anti-extradition movement and common law judges’ extrajudicial opinions

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

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

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

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...
Stocker v Stocker: dictionaries, domestic violence, and defamation

Stocker v Stocker: dictionaries, domestic violence, and defamation

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that a woman was not liable in defamation to her ex-husband for writing public messages on Facebook stating that “he tried to strangle me”....
The Broad Regulation of Fake News Could Limit the Right to Freedom of Expression

The Broad Regulation of Fake News Could Limit the Right to Freedom of Expression

Multiple actors from totalitarian states to extremist groups have been spreading ‘fake news’ for a very long time. However, social media has accelerated the speed and the reach of fake...
Namibian Supreme Court finds that National Security Concerns do not Automatically Trump Free Speech

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

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...

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