The German hate speech saga

A federal court in Berlin decided that it was a legitimate expression of an opinion to call a politician a “slut”, “piece of shit”, and “brainless” on Facebook. The politician (who had indeed sued the user) and her supporters are outraged that the court would allow this “hate speech” to exist online. After having been […]

What should a commitment to free speech on campus entail?

This essay is a contribution to an essay competition launched by The Economist. You can find more info here. Last September, a website promoting the concept of students reaching out to get themselves a so-called “sugar daddy” promoted itself around the campus of the Free University of Brussels, in Belgium. The ad, printed on a […]

[REPORTAGE] Europaparlament: Zivilrechtscomité well Sanktioune géint Ungarn

Dësen Dossier gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg realiséiert, an ass den 21. Juni ausgestraalt ginn. De Beitrag kann och am Replay op nogelauschtert ginn. Artikel 7 vum Lissabonner Vertrag gëtt dem Europäesche Parlament d’Méiglechkeet eng Prozedur géint ee Membersstaat ze starten, deen kloer géint Prinizipien vun der Rechtsstaatlechkeet verstéisst. De Zivilrechtscomité vum Europaparlament mengt dass d’Recht […]

Germany’s Facebook-law is a disaster for free speech

Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz. No, I didn’t just fall asleep on my keyboard. This is the actual name of Germany’s Facebook law which came into effect in autumn of 2017. This new legislation, officially known as “law for the improvement of law enforcement on social media”, is cracking down on “fake news” and abuse on platforms such as […]

Macron’s crackdown on fake news is a terrible idea

In press statements for the beginning of this year, French president Emmanuel Macron announced his plans for cracking down on fake news. Haunted by the controversial Macron Leaks towards the end of the presidential campaign (which he won in May last year), the new French president was expected to go after the practice early in […]