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: 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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Free Speech on UK Campuses: Is this the Real Threat?
17.02.2021 4 min read

Free Speech on UK Campuses: Is this the Real Threat?

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UK: Law Commission proposals for new speech offences deeply flawed
22.12.2020 6 min read

UK: Law Commission proposals for new speech offences deeply flawed

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UK: Cutting aid to the world’s poorest is no solution to the challenges we all face
25.11.2020 3 min read

UK: Cutting aid to the world’s poorest is no solution to the challenges we all face

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UK: Joint Civil Society Statement on Encryption
13.11.2020 1 min read

UK: Joint Civil Society Statement on Encryption

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