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Fighting hate speech on Twitter: is France showing the way?

Last week, France's Minister of Women's Rights put hate speech on Twitter centre stage, saying the social network should help France apply pre-existing laws banning racist, sexist and homophobic comments. Writing in The Guardian, Jason Farago says "we should follow France's example in restricting bigotry's free expression". Others say this would amount to a dangerous limitation on free speech. Also, an artist refuses the Legion of Honour and one French woman's awful New Year.

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2014-04-18 Socialist Party (France)

Presidential adviser resigns over 'shoe-shine scandal'

One of French President François Hollande's closest advisers resigns over a so-called "shoe-shine scandal" - we take a look at the details of an embarrassing story of excess and...

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2014-04-17 Freedom of the press

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2014-04-17 Freedom of the press

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2014-04-15 Silvio Berlusconi

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2014-04-14 mediawatch

Russian media propaganda over Ukraine

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