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: 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
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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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UK: ARTICLE 19’s response to Ofcom consultation on the implementation of the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive
15.10.2020 7 min read

UK: ARTICLE 19’s response to Ofcom consultation on the implementation of the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive

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Open letter: Calls for more transparency in Google search results
15.10.2020 2 min read

Open letter: Calls for more transparency in Google search results

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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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