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Nick Cohen is a columnist for the Observer and author of What’s Left and You Can’t Read This Book.

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Why can't we admit we're scared of Islamism?

9 November 2013

Firoozeh Bazrafkan is frightened of nothing. Five foot tall, 31 years old, and so thin you think a puff of wind could blow her away, she still has the courage… Read more

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They used to catch crooks - now they trawl Twitter. Are our police turning into spies?

26 October 2013

Just before the hacking scandal broke, the Sun sent a young and by all accounts decent reporter to meet a woman who said she had a story — a ‘walk-in’… Read more

Artist Jan Fabre Honoured in University of Antwerp

Richard Dawkins attacks Muslim bigots, not just Christian ones. If only his enemies were as brave

24 August 2013

It’s August, and you are a journalist stuck in the office without an idea in your head. What to write? What to do? Your empty mind brings you nothing but… Read more

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How social media helps authoritarians

8 June 2013

Have you heard? Do you know? Are you, as they say, ‘in the loop’? When the Mail on Sunday said a ‘sensational affair’ between ‘high profile figures’ close to Cameron… Read more

Leveson: Don’t let the state frighten you

26 March 2013

  If David Cameron had any sense, he would stand up in the Commons and say “I am withdrawing the Royal Charter. The law officers have assured me that Lord… Read more

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Christopher Hitchens’s lefty publisher begged from him – and then betrayed him

16 March 2013

Before the crash of 2007, as aid agencies were asking the governments of what we once called ‘the rich world’ to wipe out poor countries’ debts, Christopher Hitchens received a… Read more

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN

'Murdoch betrays everyone in the end'

9 February 2013

My guard goes up when people in power say that they believe in investigative journalism. Everybody says they do, of course. Then everyone says they have a sense of humour,… Read more

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Export-only justice

8 December 2012

In the last few years lawyers have begun to gush about the ‘Sumption effect’. They were not thinking of Jonathan Sumption QC’s fine legal mind — which was of such… Read more

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Whose freedom? Whose press?

3 November 2012

A love for freedom of the press inspired Milton, Voltaire, Jefferson, Madison, Mill and Orwell. Ringing declarations of the right of citizens to read and write what they choose have… Read more

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Nowhere to hide

15 September 2012

Ever since the millennium, I have wondered how long the utopian faith in the emancipatory potential of the web will last. Of course, we know the new technologies give the… Read more

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Censorship Olympics

14 July 2012

The guards would not let me walk round the Olympic park. ‘We’re in lockdown because of a security alert,’ one explained. The rain fell. The overbearing policing intimidated. ‘London is… Read more

Web of tyrants

21 January 2012

The internet can promote freedom and democracy – it’s a shame it also facilitates mob rule and witch-hunts Even those who are wary of the utopianism the net has generated… Read more

Nick Cohen

9 July 2011

I looked at it and was astonished. It was not that he disliked my ideas — he was entitled to disagree — but that he had attacked a book I… Read more

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Liberal England dies again

15 January 2011

The Lib Dems’ troubles are a result not only of coalition and foolish promises, but of a resurgence of the old left-right division In 1935, George Dangerfield published The Strange… Read more