Censorship

What's wrong with hearing #MeToo men's side of the story?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘There are two sides to every story’ is an aphorism you don’t hear often lately. Ask anyone amidst a family…

A joke about Welsh vowels is a hate crime, say the tuppenny panjandrums

21 April 2018 9:00 am

It took four days to actually see the pine marten in the flesh. We caught it on a trail cam…

Master of the dark art of interrogation: Alexander Scotland in 1945

The British interrogation methods that even Hitler found ‘ingenious’

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Hidden behind Kensington Palace, in one of London’s smartest streets, there is a grand old house which played a leading…

Why I’ve cancelled my signing at an anti-Trump bookshop

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Why I’ve cancelled my signing at an anti-Trump bookshop

Stop censoring Enid Blyton!

24 September 2016 9:00 am

PC versions of children’s classics were always doomed to fail

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The web was meant to empower us all. Right now, it’s empowering censors

King of heavy metal Bruce Dickinson at Madison Square Gardens in 1983

Meet the fans who risk death for heavy metal

14 May 2016 9:00 am

We in the West may snigger at heavy metal, but in some parts of the world its practitioners face the death penalty. Karen Yossman reports

You can do anything (but you shouldn’t): the brave new world of internet morality

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Going online does not make you invisible – as the adulterers who used the hacked site Ashley Madison are discovering

Why is a festival of Israeli film fighting for censorship in London?

20 June 2015 9:00 am

The attempt to ban Jewish men from seeing ‘The Gift of Fire’ sets a very dangerous precedent

Queen Victoria with the naughty bits put back

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Queen Victoria was the inventor of official royal biography. It was she who commissioned the monumental five-volume life of Prince…

Look! Shakespeare! Wow! George Eliot! Criminy! Jane Austen!

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Among the precursors to this breezy little book are, in form, the likes of The Story of Art, Our Island…

How social media helps authoritarians

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Rumour-mongering and censorship in the age of Twitter

Why is there such guff in the online comments below my articles?

18 May 2013 9:00 am

What’s to be done about the online comments sections in daily newspapers? These (for those estimable Spectator readers who have…

The Spectator’s Notes

23 March 2013 9:00 am

There is supposed to be a Leveson Part II, although everyone has forgotten about it. As well as telling him…

'Lord Horror: Reverbstorm', by David Britton and John Coulthart - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

As the son of the last British artist to be successfully prosecuted for displaying obscene paintings, I have some empathy…