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.

11.11.2019 3 min read

WhatsApp hack: Letter to the NCSC about cyberattacks on activists in the UK

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UK: High Court decision finds police ban on Extinction Rebellion was unlawful
06.11.2019 2 min read

UK: High Court decision finds police ban on Extinction Rebellion was unlawful

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15.10.2019 1 min read

ARTICLE 19: Extinction Rebellion have a right to protest

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04.10.2019 3 min read

Facebook: US, UK and Australia calls to stop encryption plans is a threat to free speech and privacy

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19.09.2019 4 min read

European Court of Human Rights: the use of government hacking “represents one of the greatest threats to fundamental rights in the digital age”

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09.09.2019 3 min read

UK: Government must take more action on media freedom

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27.08.2019 7 min read

UK: Rights organisations call on Government to protect press freedom

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09.07.2019 2 min read

New pledges not credible without action, say press freedom groups

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02.07.2019 2 min read

UK: ARTICLE 19 response to Online Harms White Paper

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