United Kingdom

While protections for freedom of expression generally hold strong in the UK, recent developments justified on the grounds of national security are troubling. Overbroad surveillance powers undermine protections for whistleblowers, activists and journalists. Proposals to revise the Official Secret Acts threaten access to information,while calls for increased internet regulations and encryption restrictions have sent alarming signals to everyone working in the field. The vote to leave the European Union in 2016 has exacerbated xenophobia, and increased hate speech online and in media outlets has deepened concerns about a divisive press. Concentration of media ownership and the uncertain future of the UK’s legal framework for press self-regulation has led to a situation where the public’s right to access reliable information is regularly undermined.

UK: Government must not comply with US extradition request for Julian Assange
12.04.2019 2 min read

UK: Government must not comply with US extradition request for Julian Assange

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11.04.2019 3 min read

UK: Online harms proposals will impact press freedom

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UK: ARTICLE 19 response to leaked reports on online harms white paper
05.04.2019 3 min read

UK: ARTICLE 19 response to leaked reports on online harms white paper

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UK: Terror-related legislation should not be used to sanction protests
12.12.2018 3 min read

UK: Terror-related legislation should not be used to sanction protests

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26.10.2018 6 min read

UK: Joint press release on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2018

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09.10.2018 3 min read

UK: Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill could criminalise expression and opinions

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05.07.2018 5 min read

UK: Protect free expression online and reject Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2018

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UK: Decision to halt Leveson threatens effective self-regulation of the press
09.03.2018 4 min read

UK: Decision to halt Leveson threatens effective self-regulation of the press

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01.03.2018 10 min read

United Kingdom: Responding to ‘hate speech’

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