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: ARTICLE 19’s response to CMA’s call for Information on Digital Markets Taskforce
03.08.2020 1 min read

UK: ARTICLE 19’s response to CMA’s call for Information on Digital Markets Taskforce

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UK: Open letter calling for the release of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange
03.07.2020 10 min read

UK: Open letter calling for the release of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

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UK: Human rights organisations warn that coronavirus measures risk drift to surveillance state
20.05.2020 2 min read

UK: Human rights organisations warn that coronavirus measures risk drift to surveillance state

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UK: Government must not adopt facial recognition for immunity passports
04.05.2020 2 min read

UK: Government must not adopt facial recognition for immunity passports

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UK: Government should not use coronavirus as cover for expanding surveillance regime
23.04.2020 2 min read

UK: Government should not use coronavirus as cover for expanding surveillance regime

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Internet companies alone can’t prevent online harms
07.04.2020 15 min read

Internet companies alone can’t prevent online harms

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UK: Limit duration of coronavirus bill
23.03.2020 3 min read

UK: Limit duration of coronavirus bill

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UK: ARTICLE 19 briefing warns of threats to freedom of expression 
03.03.2020 3 min read

UK: ARTICLE 19 briefing warns of threats to freedom of expression 

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ARTICLE 19 urges UK courts not to extradite Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange
20.02.2020 4 min read

ARTICLE 19 urges UK courts not to extradite Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange

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