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This definition of anti-Semitism has been too stretched for too long

Letter from the editor: I’m up for vacating the chair again for a day

I have always thought that the Archbishop of Canterbury had designs on my job. This week, he’s occupied the editor’s chair for a guest stint at the New Statesman magazine, and has found it the perfect vehicle for letting the world know what he thinks about various things, notably the Coalition Government.

Jemima Khan appointed Associate Editor of The Independent and i

Jemima Khan is to join The Independent and its sister paper, i, as Associate Editor. As part of her role, the activist and human rights campaigner will write interviews as well as contribute to both papers’ comment and features pages. She will also take on some commissioning duties.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: We need new codes to define the perimeters of free speech

Those who say the battle is between freedom and suppression, understand neither. It is so much more complicated than that

Lies, damned lies and new media: is online gossip out of control?

Concern is growing about defamation on Twitter and the internet

Mark Steel: It's the wrong people doing the gagging

You can understand why some tabloid newspapers are upset about these super-injunctions. Because when they write something about a footballer with a prostitute it's almost the only time they print a story that's true. Then it turns out that's the article they're not allowed to publish. How is that fair?

Media freedoms in the balance

Cabinet to consider legislation including privacy law and regulation of social media

i launches Saturday edition

i, the UK's newest and most innovative newspaper, has launched a new Saturday companion paper. i on Saturday went on sale priced just 30p.

i launches 'i Saturday’ by popular demand

i, the UK’s newest and most innovative newspaper, is due to launch ‘i Saturday’ on Saturday 7th May, by popular demand.

Diary: Clegg has an eye on the beach

The increasingly forlorn Nick "29 Shags" Clegg seems to have little to look forward to. He's been all but erased from his party's campaign literature, for a round of local elections in which the Liberal Democrats appear bound for disaster anyway. He's been perpetually duffed up by the press and, now, by Gillian Duffy.

Dominic Lawson: Public figures don't stop being human

My sister, Nigella, copes with grotesque coverage by deciding that the person being written about is nothing to do with her

Editor-At-Large: Will the men at the top please stop their snivelling, and work?

What happened to the stiff upper lip? I grew up in a household where hugging and unseemly displays of emotion were strictly rationed. In old family photos we all stand separately, Dad with arms crossed and a grim expression, Mum smiling in a clean pinny and pearls. Appearance was all. When I married for a third time, mum's reaction was typical of her generation. She complained, "I won't be able to hold my head up in the street", followed by "What on earth will the neighbours think?". I am a product of the post-war years when the working classes worked, and expected the blokes running the country to get on with their task and tell us only what was necessary.

Paul Vallely: The overwhelming power of music

Nick Clegg is not the only one moved to tears by melody and harmony. We are hardwired to respond to their perfection
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