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.

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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01.07.2019 4 min read

UK: Online harms proposals are significant threat to free speech

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13.06.2019 2 min read

UPDATE – Assange hearing: UK must not be complicit in extradition of Wikileaks publisher

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24.05.2019 3 min read

ARTICLE 19 calls for US Justice Department to drop charges against Assange

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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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