Tag Archives: caitlin moran

Today’s #TwitterSilence – are you in or out?

For those of you who don’t inhabit the Twittersphere, many people today are taking part in a #TwitterSilence (that’s its hashtag).

It was the idea of Times columnist Caitlin Moran as “a symbolic act of solidarity” intended to shame Twitter into taking more seriously the rape/bomb threats and other abuse being targeted against women. You can read her blog about it here.

I’m not taking part. I summarised my reasons here:

My Co-Editor Caron Lindsay wrote an excellent piece on the topic here last week. And Index on Censorship’s Padraig Reidy has written an excellent response to Caitlin Moran, highlighting how the well-intentioned desire to limit the free speech of people who abuse it can have damaging consequences:

A lot of time spent defending free speech is not actually about defending what people say, but defending the space in which they can say it (I’ll refrain from misquoting Voltaire here). It may be idealistic, but we genuinely believe that given the space and the opportunity to discuss ideas openly, without fear of retribution, we’ll figure out how to do things better. Censorship holds society back. In fact, it’s the litmus test of a society being held back.

Posted in News | Also tagged , , and | 9 Comments

Who are your favourite commentators? Nominate them for Comment awards by 31 July

The Comment Awards, run by Editorial Intelligence take place in October and aim to celebrate the “achievement of the UK’s finest print and online commentors”.

A wide ranging panel of judges, including our very own Jo Swinson MP, will judge 16 categories from Independent Blogger to commentators of the year on politics, business, foreign affairs, sport, media and culture. There are also Twitter categories, for politician and public figure.

Nominations are welcome from any individual or organisation, which obviously includes all of you. They close next Tuesday, 31st July. If you look at the list of winners from last year, …

Posted in News | Also tagged , , and | 5 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarRoger Billins 21st Jul - 10:05am
    It is annoying and stupid to stay our vote held up at Bury, at 3%. This is not a propaganda sheet aimed at children. With...
  • User AvatarP.J. 21st Jul - 9:41am
    @Callum Robertson I am not aware of any poling been done and that is why I said IMO. MO comes from knocking on hundreds of...
  • User AvatarFiona 21st Jul - 9:35am
    Alex, I get what you are saying, and yes, what Labour did was far more damaging, and it isn't accurate or fair to say we...
  • User AvatarP.J. 21st Jul - 9:27am
    @Wera 'using the empty houses 'we’ve' already got' When did my property become jointly owned. Since when did the LibDems endorse taking private property into...
  • User AvatarPeter Martin 21st Jul - 9:14am
    I'm not sure I believed this Guardian article at the time but it is looking much more like Natalie Nougayrède was quite right now. The...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 21st Jul - 8:35am
    @william fowler. "Giving private tenants almost confiscatory rights". There you go again, distorting what was said and echoing the Tory right wing press. As I...