Dec 30, 2016

Singapore activist blogger, 18, seeks U.S. asylum

A Singaporean teenager who became notorious for profanity-laced attacks on the city’s revered late leader, Lee Kuan Yew, is seeking political asylum in the U.S., his lawyer said Thursday. Amos Yee, 18, a filmmaker turned activist who served two jail terms in Singapore for ...

May 26, 2015

Tokyo teachers win damages for anthem punishment

The Tokyo District Court has awarded hundreds of millions of yen in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the national anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education. The court ruled Monday that the ...

Mar 19, 2015

Anti-Israel ad can be barred from Seattle buses, appeals court rules

County officials in Seattle can prohibit an advertisement criticizing Israeli policies toward Palestinians from appearing on local buses without violating constitutional protections on free speech, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in ...

Cartoonist sent into hiding after Copenhagen attacks

Feb 17, 2015

Cartoonist sent into hiding after Copenhagen attacks

A Swedish cartoonist believed to have been targeted in one of the Copenhagen shootings over the weekend has been sent into hiding, police said Monday. Lars Vilks — who has faced several death threats since his cartoon portraying the Prophet Muhammad as a dog ...

Free speech all the buzz in Nobel nominations

Feb 4, 2015

Free speech all the buzz in Nobel nominations

After the trauma of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, champions and icons of free speech head the pack in the names put forward for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Among nominations entered ahead of this week’s deadline are the Danish editor Flemming Rose, who made ...