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Day: 20 April 2012

No ads! Not here! Get over it? – Censorship, Hate Speech, and Freedom of Expression – Kirsten Sjøvoll

The publicity afforded to the Christian campaign group the Core Issues Trust’s “Not Gay!” posters since they were banned by Boris Johnson last week has been arguably greater than if they actually had ended up on the side of a bus going down Oxford Street. The adverts, which proclaimed “Not gay! Ex-gay, post-gay and proud. Get over it!” and allegedly promote the idea that homosexuality is akin to an illness or addiction which can be cured through therapy were banned by the Mayor of London days before they were due to appear on around 24 bus routes in Central London. Continue reading

Dial M for Murdoch – Tom Watson’s Preface

On 19 April 2012 Tom Watson MP and Martin Hickman published their book about phone-hacking and related scandals, Dial M for Murdoch (Allen Lane £20).  This is Tom Watson’s preface to the book, reproduced here with the permission of the authors and the publisher.

This book tries to explain how a particular global media company works: how it came to exert a poisonous, secretive influence on public life in Britain, how it used its huge power to bully, intimidate and to cover up, Continue reading

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