Who’s worried about Germany’s new online speech law?

Warren Fyfe

Media captionLawyer Joachim Steinhoefel is one of the most vocal critics of a new German online speech law In October a new law comes into force in Germany that will impose huge fines on social networks if they don’t delete illegal content including hate speech. It’s touched off a huge debate over freedom of expression [...]

The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright BSTU The East German secret police went to extraordinary lengths to track down people who wrote letters to the BBC during the Cold War. One of those arrested and jailed was a teenager who longed to express himself freely – and paid a high price. It was the last day of the summer [...]

Andy Murray: Tennis women make the same sacrifices as men

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Reuters Andy Murray practised against both boys and girls in his early years, and went on to play with some of the world’s top female tennis players in mixed doubles. He hit the headlines recently for his comments on gender in sport, including once when he corrected a journalist’s casual sexism. Here, he [...]

7 days quiz: Who, what or where is the ‘Dutch reach’?

Warren Fyfe

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world over the past seven days? Picture credits: Getty Images, Reuters, Nasa Join the conversation – find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41270446

100 Women: ‘I didn’t mean to plead guilty’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright AdvocAid “Miriam” grew up in Sierra Leone and didn’t go to school. As an adult, she struggled to read and write. When she was arrested for loitering, she misunderstood the offence and found herself in prison – but it was there that she had her first experience of the classroom. With some help, [...]

The Liverpool app that sidesteps the banks

Warren Fyfe

An Israeli company called Colu has launched a local digital currency in Liverpool, which aims to revitalise the local economy by cutting out the banks. Will it achieve more than paper local currencies have? To find out, Dougal Shaw followed the money trail. Large chains like Starbucks, Costa or McDonald’s, need not apply. This new [...]

A ‘goodbye kiss’ to Cassini

Warren Fyfe

It has been making discoveries at the ringed planet for the past 13 years, but the Cassini space probe’s epic journey is nearly at an end. This week, the spacecraft flew to within 120,000km of the Titan moon in order to nudge its trajectory enough to send it on a collision course with Saturn. Nasa [...]

My life on a plate

Warren Fyfe

In the past year more than one million emergency food parcels were handed out by the Trussell Trust to people in need. Find out the stories of five people who needed to come to the food bank in order to eat. TAP HERE to find out more. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-41272255

Starting from scratch in Uganda

Warren Fyfe

The country that took in the most refugees in the world last year was Uganda. It is said to have one of the most generous refugee policies in the world, even giving new arrivals their own land. But how do you turn a plot of bush into a home, with nothing more than a machete? [...]

Why is US Senator Ted Cruz trending for porn?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Reuters A US Republican senator who once defended a ban on masturbation appears to have “liked” a pornographic video on social media. The Twitter account of Ted Cruz, the former lawyer who ran for US president in 2016, “liked” the two-minute video by @SexuallPosts on Monday. It is not known who was using [...]