Tag: Free Speech

Governments Are Using Covid-19 as an Excuse to Crush Freedom of Speech

Stop those non-humans who are writing and provoking our people,” says Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in an Instagram video. The non-humans he objects to are journalists who criticise the Chechen authorities for mishandling their response to the Covid-19 epidemic. Given Kadyrov has faced allegations of torturing and disappearing critics (which the leader denies), he leaves nobody in any doubt about...

Modi’s India: A Clear and Present Danger to Global Free Speech

As India’s ultra-nationalist BJP government becomes ever more assertive against perceived foreign rivals and internal religious and ethnic minority groups as well as downcast Hindus, an ever more confident attack on free speech is transpiring in a country that continues to promote itself as the “world’s largest democracy”. Throughout last year, New Delhi made ever more unreasonable demands of the...