(RNS) — A federal judge has ordered the Daily Stormer's publishers to pay $4.1 million in damages to Muslim comedian Dean Obeidallah for falsely accusing him of terrorism.
Anti-discrimination laws should protect people. The United Arab Emirates’ new law, issued by royal decree, criminalizes the criticism of religions and ideas. It should be scrapped.
On my (lack of) freedom trail across Asia, fresh sedition and defamation charges are pressuring journalists and activists to self-censor government criticism or face hefty consequences.
New EU freedom of expression guidelines address attacks on journalists, whistleblower protection, media plurality and citizen privacy, but they also touch on opinion and belief. Here’s how the guidelines handle religion, blasphemy and hypocrisy.
Israel considers a ban on Nazi symbols. Greece evokes its blasphemy laws to jail a man for poking fun of a monk on Facebook. And anti-gay laws are passed or challenged in Nigeria, Uganda and Malawi.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster invades state capitols. Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson quacks up a controversy. And Muslim protesters threaten 40 lashes for selling alcohol in my London neighborhood.