A selection of highlights from Free Speech Debate and news about upcoming events and interviews.

Dear FSD subscribers

We dived into the Innocence of Muslims debate this week with three separate pieces. Drawing on Google's decision to preemptively censor the controversial video in Egypt and Libya amid violent protests, online editor Brian Pellot kicked off a discussion on what role internet companies should play in setting free speech agendas around the world. Timothy Garton Ash highlighted a YouTube response to the video by British Muslim Syed Mahmood and Katie Engelhart joined the Frontline Club debate "Defending Islam and free speech" to discuss reactions to the video. You can watch the full debate here.

We also published several case studies on issues affecting free speech in specific countries. Following the British royal family's outrage (and lawsuits) over photos showing the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless, Judith Bruhn explores the theoretical and legal underpinnings of privacy in Europe. Bruhn also discusses the case of Wang Xiaoning, a Chinese engineer who was imprisoned for 10 years after Yahoo passed on personal information Chinese authorities used to identify and prosecute him. Comment on this case of conflicting laws and moral expectations here.

Echoing a discussion piece we posted several months ago on India's textbook cartoon affair, we bring you a contemporary cartoon case on sedition and satire. Manav Bhushan discusses how sedition charges brought against the cartoonist Aseem Trivedi highlight how India's penal code is used to silence government critics. Elsewhere on the site, Dominic Burbidge unwraps Zambia's long-stalled Freedom of Information bill. Despite rhetoric favouring free speech, politicians have repeatedly postponed the bill, often citing national security concerns.

We'll be in touch in two weeks' time with a new round of case studies, interviews and discussions. Until then, like us on Facebook for all the latest updates. We look forward to reading your comments and suggestions.

Brian Pellot
Online editor
Innocence of YouTube?

Censoring YouTube

Has Innocence of Muslims ended YouTube's innocence? Brian Pellot kicks off the debate. Join us to discuss the role internet platforms should play in setting free speech agendas around the world.
Duchess privacy

Topless Kate

Judith Bruhn explores the theory and practice of privacy in Europe and whether a court injunction will be enough to salvage the Duchess of Cambridge's privacy.

Zambia FOI

Zambia's FOI

If a decade of stalled attempts to enact Zambia's Freedom of Information bill seems comical, there is underlying tragedy in how politicians shirk their free speech demands, writes Dominic Burbidge.
Yahoo China

Yahoo China

In 2000 Wang Xiaoning was sent to prison for 10 years after Yahoo passed on personal information Chinese authorities used to identify him. Judith Bruhn unwraps this case of conflicting laws and moral expectations.
India cartoonist

Seditious art?

Indian cartoonist Aseem Trivedi was recently arrested on sedition charges. Manav Bhushan discusses how an archaic section of India's penal code has been used in recent years to silence government critics.
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