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Jail Time for Using South Africa’s Worst Racial Slur?

A South African woman is on trial after a racist tirade was caught on video, and lawmakers are moving to make hate speech a crime punishable by imprisonment.
Sinosphere: An Exiled Editor Traces the Roots of Democratic Thought in China

Sinosphere: An Exiled Editor Traces the Roots of Democratic Thought in China

Hu Ping, seated, speaking at Peking University in 1980. He rejects the idea that democracy is a foreign concept in China and therefore inappropriate.
Geert Wilders, Dutch Politician, Distracts From Hate-Speech Trial With More Vitriol

Geert Wilders, Dutch Politician, Distracts From Hate-Speech Trial With More Vitriol

Lawyers for the far-right politician Geert Wilders removed a sign bearing his name from a courtroom near Amsterdam on Monday. Mr. Wilders said he would not attend his trial, calling the proceedings a
Can Libel Laws Be Changed Under Trump?

Can Libel Laws Be Changed Under Trump?

Larry Flynt, center, publisher of Hustler magazine, and the Rev. Jerry Falwell, right, with Larry King on the set of his CNN show in 1996.
Bits: Daily Report: Facebook Spends a Month Behind the Woodshed

Bits: Daily Report: Facebook Spends a Month Behind the Woodshed

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief, has challenged the idea that the social media giant had a direct effect on the way people voted in the recent presidential election.
Critic's Notebook: The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space

Critic's Notebook: The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space

The white nationalist leader Richard B. Spencer, who has been suspended from Twitter, mentioned the new social network Gab as an alternative.
Critic's Notebook: The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space

Critic's Notebook: The Far Right Has a New Digital Safe Space

The white nationalist leader Richard B. Spencer, who has been suspended from Twitter, mentioned the new social network Gab as an alternative.
Charlie Hebdo, a Lightning Rod in France, Hits German Newsstands

Charlie Hebdo, a Lightning Rod in France, Hits German Newsstands

The satirical newspaper, the target of an attack in 2015 that killed top editors and cartoonists, has started a German edition that features Angela Merkel on its first cover.
Charlie Hebdo, a Lightning Rod in France, Hits German Newsstands

Charlie Hebdo, a Lightning Rod in France, Hits German Newsstands

The satirical newspaper, the target of an attack in 2015 that killed top editors and cartoonists, has started a German edition that features Angela Merkel on its first cover.
Campus Press vs. Colleges: Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight

Campus Press vs. Colleges: Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight

Marjorie Kirk, editor of the University of Kentucky’s campus newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel. The paper is being sued by the university in a continuing battle over whether records in a sexual assault
Campus Press vs. Colleges: Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight

Campus Press vs. Colleges: Kentucky Suit Highlights Free-Speech Fight

Marjorie Kirk, editor of the University of Kentucky’s campus newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel. The paper is being sued by the university in a continuing battle over whether records in a sexual assault
Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Facebook Struggles to Put Out Online Fires in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli firefighters trying to extinguish a blaze last month in Nataf, near Jerusalem. When recent fires erupted, some Palestinians celebrated on social media.
Women’s March and Bikers for Trump Claim Inaugural Demonstration Spots

Women’s March and Bikers for Trump Claim Inaugural Demonstration Spots

Students marched along the National Mall during a protest against President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, in November.
State of the Art: Twitter Has the Right to Suspend Donald Trump. But It Shouldn’t.

State of the Art: Twitter Has the Right to Suspend Donald Trump. But It Shouldn’t.

Donald J. Trump’s frequent use of Twitter to express his views has inspired calls from some to have him banned from the platform.
State of the Art: Twitter Has the Right to Suspend Donald Trump. But It Shouldn’t.

State of the Art: Twitter Has the Right to Suspend Donald Trump. But It Shouldn’t.

Donald J. Trump’s frequent use of Twitter to express his views has inspired calls from some to have him banned from the platform.
Video Blogger Who Tested Singapore’s Limits Seeks U.S. Asylum

Video Blogger Who Tested Singapore’s Limits Seeks U.S. Asylum

Amos Yee leaving State Court in Singapore in August. He is seeking political asylum in the United States.
Video Blogger Who Tested Singapore’s Limits Seeks U.S. Asylum

Video Blogger Who Tested Singapore’s Limits Seeks U.S. Asylum

Amos Yee leaving State Court in Singapore in August. He is seeking political asylum in the United States.
Video Blogger Who Tested Singapore’s Limits Seeks U.S. Asylum

Video Blogger Who Tested Singapore’s Limits Seeks U.S. Asylum

Amos Yee leaving State Court in Singapore in August. He is seeking political asylum in the United States.