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.

United Nations: States must condemn all attacks on human rights defenders
14.10.2021 4 min read

United Nations: States must condemn all attacks on human rights defenders

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UK: Digital markets reform must prioritise human rights
07.10.2021 3 min read

UK: Digital markets reform must prioritise human rights

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International: Journalist could face arrest for defamation
29.09.2021 7 min read

International: Journalist could face arrest for defamation

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Blog: UK Online Safety Bill risks emboldening digital authoritarians around the world
16.09.2021 6 min read

Blog: UK Online Safety Bill risks emboldening digital authoritarians around the world

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UK: Draft Online Safety Bill poses serious risk to free expression
26.07.2021 19 min read

UK: Draft Online Safety Bill poses serious risk to free expression

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UK: Joint letter to MPs: end-to-end encryption keeps us safe
14.06.2021 3 min read

UK: Joint letter to MPs: end-to-end encryption keeps us safe

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International: Call for G7 to protect media freedom and the right to protest
10.06.2021 4 min read

International: Call for G7 to protect media freedom and the right to protest

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UK: European Court decision in Big Brother Watch case does not go far enough to protect free expression and privacy
25.05.2021 3 min read

UK: European Court decision in Big Brother Watch case does not go far enough to protect free expression and privacy

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UK: Plan to protect journalists is an important step towards enforcement 
10.03.2021 5 min read

UK: Plan to protect journalists is an important step towards enforcement 

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