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About Simon Dawes

Simon Dawes writes about media theory, history and regulation. He is a lecturer at Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Open letter to Third World Quarterly on the publication of 'The case for colonialism'

A letter of complaint to the editors of Third World Quarterly at Taylor & Francis on the publication of 'The case for colonialism' by Bruce Gilley.

Charlie Hebdo and the right to offend

The right to offend, which the French secular republic with its long tradition of anti-clericalist satire holds particularly dear, is in everyday conflict with the values of the republic’s second largest religion.

Charlie Hebdo: Free speech, but not as an absolute value

Debates over what limits to free speech are acceptable are entirely valid – whether or not we approve of Charlie Hebdo images, or their mass republication on numerous websites this week. 

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