Freedom of speech

Report

21 Feb 2019
242

An alarming global trend has surfaced in which states are introducing and using laws to interfere with the right to freedom of association and to hamper the work of civil society organizations and individuals who participate in them. This report shows how this phenomenon is...

Report

Democracy in retreat
6 Feb 2019
79

In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The pattern is...

Report

31 Jan 2019
6

This report argues that concerned countries should press Myanmar to protect the rights to expression and assembly, and reform laws penalizing peaceful speech, to bring them back into line with international standards.

Commentary

25 Jan 2019
14

The unexplained detention of author and diplomat, Yang Hengjun, has raised more questions about the motives of a Chinese government under stress from within and without.

Commentary

17 Dec 2018
22

The IPA's audit of academic freedom pits people either for or against universities. This prevents us from having thorough conversations about real threats to academic freedom.

Report

13 Dec 2018
85

In late 2017, an expert panel was established to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion. This report was delivered to the Australian government in May 2018 and has now finally been released.

Report

10 Dec 2018
60

This report recommends that universities abolish concerning policies, introduce policies that safeguard free intellectual inquiry and sign on to the University of Chicago’s sector-leading statement on free expression.

Survey

5 Dec 2018
9

High school student support in the United States for First Amendment freedoms remains high, relative to historical levels of support in prior iterations of this survey.

Report

22 Nov 2018
141

University campuses throughout the West are in the grip of a troubling social phenomenon, now in danger of spreading beyond the ivy walls. Teaching staff who speak out are being intimidated, silenced and vilified. Students who choose to think against the mainstream are harassed and...

Report

8 Nov 2018
17

The rise of harmful speech online is a threat to Canada’s democracy. This report outlines how governments and digital platform companies can better address hate and harassment, including the creation of a Moderation Standards Council.

Report

29 Oct 2018
17

The purpose of this report is not to deny that China’s behaviour can present challenges to Australia’s national interest. It is essential that Australian responses to China’s rise and its behaviour are grounded in facts and evidence.

Policy report

7 Oct 2018
88

This paper adds to the debate about threats to free speech in Australian universities by suggesting how and why a ‘university freedom charters’ policy might be implemented by the federal government to promote intellectual tolerance and diversity of ideas, opinions, and debate on campus.

Report

2018 Helen Hughes Lecture for Emerging Thinkers
11 Sep 2018
175

Claire Lehmann is one of the leading figures of the so-called ‘intellectual dark web’ – which is pushing back against the stultifying political correctness promoted in academia, and defending the vital principles of freedom of speech and thought that universities used to stand for.

Policy report

31 Jul 2018
103

The right to religious freedom is not the only fundamental human right. It cannot therefore be absolute, but exists alongside other rights. How different rights and freedom coexist is one of the big questions facing our nation today.

Report

26 Jul 2018
4

This publication is an edited transcript featuring the remarks made by John Howard at the launch of The Centre for Independent Studies’ Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society Program on 10 July 2018.

Audio interview

9 Jul 2018
58

Another round of 'culture wars' could be about to begin — with religious freedom the new flashpoint.

Report

4 Jul 2018
79

This paper forms part of a research project that examines cybercrime laws in the member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Its aim is to assess whether these laws are fit for purpose, and to gauge their impact on the economy, security and civil...

Report

20 Jun 2018
31

In her 2018 Acton Lecture , Debra Mullins, a Supreme Court of Queensland judge, engaged with the increasing hostility confronting religious believers — particularly Christians — when they leave the privacy of their homes and venture into the public square. In particular, she examined the...

Commentary

4 Apr 2018
30

The author of the controversial Silent Invasion argues it's not the book, but the reaction to it, that has highlighted something troubling in Australian intellectual life.

Report

Provided to the Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel
4 Apr 2018
185

This report, submitted to the Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel, aims to explain the fundamental principles underlying the concept of religious liberty, and to explain how the current methods and other proposals to protect this liberty are deficient or fail to achieve their goals.

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