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Turkish court cases raise human rights concerns

In Turkey, the trials started on Friday for four academics charged with terrorist propaganda after signing a petition. The case also resumed for two prominent journalists facing charges of espionage and aiding a terrorist organization for an article they wrote.
April 25, 2016

Journalists and academics on trial in turkish free speech cases

Four academics and two journalists are on trial in Turkey Friday in separate cases related to increasingly restricted free speech in the country under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
April 22, 2016

TV station stands behind German comedian who mocked Erdogan

A German television station is pledging its full support to comedian Jan Boehmermann in any legal proceeding brought against him for mocking Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
April 17, 2016

Turkish government targeting foreign media, journalists say

Foreign journalists working in Turkey complain the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started to target them in an expansion of a media clampdown that until recently appeared mainly focused on domestic newspapers and broadcasters.
March 31, 2016

Freedom in the digital age

By banning ideas that seem insulting to the dominant way of thinking we risk missing out on useful ones. We risk social stagnation and decline.
Paschos Mandravelis: May 6, 2014

The fine science of breaking the law, the democratic way

The biggest problem for SYRIZA is not the idiotic comments occasionally uttered by party officials. It is the dictatorial tactics with which it chooses to impose the will of a minority upon the majority.
Paschos Mandravelis: November 16, 2012

An Argument in Defense of Blasphemy

The UN General Assembly wants to make it illegal to offend religious dogma. This is an attack on free expression, and it impedes our humanity’s movement towards more freedom and intellectual progress.
Athinaios: May 31, 2010