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A Century of censorship: 100 years of the BBFC, Arts

A Century of censorship: 100 years of the BBFC

This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of British film-making’s central institutions – the British Board of Film Classification. Over the past century, the British Board of Film Classification has evolved from the quaint, and supposedly morally superior, institution that was tasked with protecting the public from corruptive indecency; into a transparent, accountable and in-touch organisation that mainly classifies movies so that filmmakers may more effectively meet their target audience.

By | Arts, Film | Thursday, 6 December 2012 at 5:39 pm

Free speech is the real loser in Terry v Ferdinand, Battle of Ideas

Free speech is the real loser in Terry v Ferdinand

The least troubling aspect of the John Terry case for me is the revelation that footballers shout offensive and unpleasant obscenities at rivals in the heat of a football game. Even those of us who cannot lip read surely did not think they were saying ‘please pass me the ball’

By | Battle of Ideas, Football, Sport | Wednesday, 18 July 2012 at 4:00 am

When it comes to rape jokes, ‘free speech’ is a lazy defence, Arts

When it comes to rape jokes, ‘free speech’ is a lazy defence

I admit it: I’m a liberal stereotype. I have no sense of humour. Or at least, there’s obviously something wrong with it.

By | Arts, Notebook | Monday, 16 July 2012 at 4:00 am

Can we tolerate intolerance?, Battle of Ideas

Can we tolerate intolerance?

Time and again interviewers ask me ‘can we tolerate intolerance’? Such questions continually signal the idea that tolerance is a freedom that can only be endowed to those who deserve it. When people ask the rhetorical question ‘has tolerance gone too far’, what they are saying is that it can be rationed and made available only to those who share our moral universe. Through raising the idea that there can be ‘too much’ tolerance, this virtue is transformed into an indulgence that society can well do without.

By | Battle of Ideas | Thursday, 13 October 2011 at 6:00 am

In further case of censorship, the BBC deny Palestine’s right to exist, Notebook

In further case of censorship, the BBC deny Palestine’s right to exist

It seems that the Mic Righteous controversy, in which the BBC censored the words ‘Free Palestine’ from his freestyle on 1Xtra radio, has opened a can of worms the BBC cannot ignore for much longer.  Just one day after they released an official response to the hundreds of complaints over the drowning out of the [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 26 May 2011 at 4:05 pm

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