Critic magazine staff are livid after learning University of Otago Campus Watch and the proctor removed and destroyed hundreds of copies of the latest magazine. The cover this week - the ''Menstruation Issue'' - depicted a cartoon of a naked person menstruating. Critic staff noticed large numbers of the magazine missing from its stands on Monday, between 6pm and 8pm. An investigation was launched and CCTV footage from cameras around the university was being scrutinised. However, a University of Otago spokeswoman said magazines were taken by proctor Dave Scott after complaints were received from Dunedin Hospital and the Dunedin Public Library. The Campus Watch team on duty on Monday night removed the rest of the magazines from stands around the university, she said. ''The assumption was made that copies of the magazine also needed to be removed from other public areas, and hence the proctor made this decision. ''This was an assumption, rightly or wrongly, that this action needed to be … [Read more...] about ‘Critic’ editor angry, disappointed at uni censorship
MINISTERS will today recommend a "universal code" on censorship be rolled out to stop universities stifling free speech. In the biggest Government intervention on the issue for more than 30 years the Universities Minister Sam Gyimah will tell campuses to protect free speech and stamp out "institutional hostility" to views that are unfashionable or unpopular. It comes after increasing alarm at policies such as "safe spaces", "no platforming" and other measures used to block controversial guest speakers and gagging unpopular views to avoid causing offence to "snowflake" students. A survey of 115 universities found 55 per cent “actively censor speech,” while 39 per cent “stifle speech through excessive regulation”. There have been reports of speakers, debates, literature and organisations being opposed or criticised, often by student unions, societies or specific groups of students. Mr Sam Gyimah will hold a summit with uni bosses today - and will warn that higher … [Read more...] about Ministers to roll out ‘universal code’ on censorship to stop universities from stifling free speech
Thousands of Russians took to central Moscow on Monday in a rally against internet censorship and a government ban on the Telegram social media app. Since a 13 April court decision outlawed the messaging app, authorities have taken a no-nonsense approach to blocking it. But their actions have also brought large parts of the web to a standstill — while Telegram continues to function. Many now fear the Kremlin will put in place even more restrictive information policies in an attempt to grasp control. With banners such as “Big Moron Is Not Blocking You,” “Down with the Tsar” and “Things are so bad that even an introvert has come here,” the mostly young crowd used every manner of protest to communicate their displeasure to the government. They threw paper aeroplanes in the air — a reference to the apps logo. And they shouted many slogans directed against President Vladimir Putin and his allies. Writing on … [Read more...] about Russian internet protests: Thousands take to the streets to show opposition to censorship
Dominic Cavendish Theatre Critic 12 April 2018 • 7:00am It’s February 2009 and Richard Bean’s play England People Very Nice is knowingly parading a stream of cartoonish East End immigrants in front of National Theatre audiences. There are French Huguenots, Irish Catholics, Jewish anarchists, and Bangladeshis who straddle the divide between western liberalism and militant Islam. The play divides the critics, and some voices denounce Bean as racist. But it’s also a palpable talking point hit, enjoying 80 to 90 per cent houses. “I don’t think I’d be able to write England People Very Nice today,” Bean declares, not even a full decade later. “We’re living in such a febrile atmosphere, where everyone takes offence at everything. There’s an army of thought-police... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only … [Read more...] about Are we entering a new age of theatre censorship?
While it is completely understandable that Poland wants to stamp out the misleading and offensive phrase ‘Polish death camps’, this should be done through education, not by threatening prison sentences for those who use the term, as the government has proposed. Even more worryingly, the new draft law on this issue – combined with a threat to withdraw a state honour from historian Jan Gross – has the potential to be just the opening salvo in a far broader attempt to impose the ruling party’s historical vision, potentially impinging on academic freedom, argues Daniel Tilles, a British historian based in Kraków.Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has long made clear that it wishes the country to pursue – in the words of President Andrzej Duda earlier this week – an ‘aggressive historical policy’, with the dual aim of fostering a greater sense of patriotic pride at home while enhancing the country’s image … [Read more...] about Fighting the phrase “Polish death camps” with education, not censorship