New laws on extremism are a crackdown too far – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 5th, 2015 in freedom of expression, investigatory powers, news, terrorism by sally

‘A crackdown on “extremist” ideology threatens to criminalise previously orthodox views such as opposition to gay marriage.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th August 2015

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Lack of anti-extremist legislation hasn’t hampered watchdog, says Ofcom chief – The Guardian

‘Ofcom chief executive Sharon White has said the regulator has not been hampered by lack of legislation in cracking down on extremist broadcasts following David Cameron said it should be given beefed-up powers to tackle the issue.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2015

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The Sun launches human rights legal challenge against Metropolitan Police over phone records search – The Independent

‘A legal challenge against the Metropolitan Police by The Sun newspaper – where three reporters say their human rights were breached during the ‘plebgate’ affair – has started at the High Court.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2015

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UK parents to get power to cancel children’s passports over Isis fears – The Guardian

‘Parents worried that their children may be about to travel to Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State (Isis) will be able to apply for their child’s passport to be cancelled, David Cameron has announced in a speech setting out his five-year counter-extremism strategy.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2015

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Naked Rambler makes history with nude court appearance – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2015 in appeals, ASBOs, freedom of expression, human rights, news, public order by sally

‘The man known as the Naked Rambler has made legal history by appearing before leading judges in the nude.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2015

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The Round-up: 21/7 bombers in Strasbourg and other news – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 9th, 2015 in bills, courts, drug offences, freedom of expression, human rights, news by tracey

‘Three high profile cases concerning the UK government have been granted hearings in the European Court of Human Rights grand chamber, putting the relationship between the government and the ECHR “in the spotlight”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th June 0215

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Pressure group Cage launches legal action against Charity Commission and accuses it of acting like ‘counter-terrorism police’ – The Independent

Posted June 5th, 2015 in charities, freedom of expression, Islam, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The British pressure group which claimed the Islamic State executioner known as “Jihadi John” was radicalised by MI5 has launched legal action against the Charity Commission, accusing it of acting like a branch of “counter-terrorism police”.’

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The Independent, 4th June 2015

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European Court of Human Rights: Lawyers do not have same freedom to speak out as journalists – Legal Futures

Posted May 29th, 2015 in defamation, freedom of expression, human rights, legal profession, news by sally

‘Lawyers do not have the same rights to speak out on sensitive and high-profile cases as journalists, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 29th May 2015

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Non-violent extremism: some questions about laws and limits – UK Human Rights

‘Sajid Javid’s reported objections to the Government’s pre-election proposals on countering extremist ideas uncover just how controversial the new laws will be. He had objected, it seems, to a mooted expansion of Ofcom’s powers to take pre-emptive action to prevent the broadcast of programmes with ‘extremist content’ before they are transmitted.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2015

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Pianist James Rhodes can publish child abuse memoir – BBC News

‘A concert pianist has won a legal battle to publish an autobiographical book giving details of sexual abuse he experienced as a child.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Operation Elveden: Journalists cleared in payment trial – BBC News

‘Three journalists have been found not guilty of illegally paying public officials by a jury at the Old Bailey.’

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BBC News, 17th April 2015

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Journalists should not always be prosecuted for paying public officials, says former CPS head – The Indpendent

‘The former head of the Crown Prosecution Service has said it can be “appropriate” for journalists to pay officials for information and that Operation Elveden had overlooked the public interest.’

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The Independent, 18th April 2015

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Crown Prosecution Service re-review of Operation Elveden – CPS News Brief

‘Operation Elveden is a Metropolitan Police Service investigation that revealed the payments made to corrupt public officials by journalists for information. It followed two parliamentary committees and the Leveson Inquiry which revealed serious questions over the techniques used by some which may have amounted to systematic and flagrant breaches of the law. The range and circumstance of this activity was of a scale not previously encountered by police or CPS.’

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CPS News Brief, 17th April 2015

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Three years, £20 million, one conviction: Operation Elveden on brink of collapse – Daily Telegraph

‘Operation Elveden, the long running investigation into allegations of corruption by tabloid journalists, lies in tatters after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was forced to scrap most of the outstanding cases. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2015

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TV ‘exposure’ of Scientology halted by UK libel law split – The Guardian

‘Plans to broadcast HBO’s Church of Scientology exposé, Going Clear, have been shelved by Sky Atlantic in a virtual repeat of events two years ago, when UK publishers abandoned publication of the book on which the hard-hitting new TV documentary is based.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2015

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‘Naked rambler’ Stephen Gough’s European appeal rejected – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2015 in appeals, freedom of expression, human rights, news, public order by sally

‘A man known as the “naked rambler” has had his final appeal to be naked in public rejected by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).’

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BBC News, 24th March 2015

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Mark Duggan shooting: armed officers cleared of wrongdoing – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2015 in complaints, crime, firearms, freedom of expression, gangs, news, police, reports by sally

‘The police watchdog has cleared armed officers of any wrongdoing in the killing of Mark Duggan, saying it was likely that he was in the process of throwing away a handgun when he was shot.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2015

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Taunton street preacher convicted for homophobic sermon – BBC News

‘A Christian street preacher has been convicted of delivering homophobic sermons in the middle of a high street.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2015

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Home Office to blacklist extremists to protect public sector – The Guardian

‘The Home Office is drawing up a blacklist of extremist individuals and organisations with whom the government and public sector should not engage, Theresa May has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 23rd March 2015

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Theresa May drops rules on ordering universities to ban extremist speakers – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in contempt of court, freedom of expression, news, terrorism, universities by sally

‘The home secretary, Theresa May, has been forced to drop new statutory rules under which ministers could order universities and colleges to ban external extremist speakers.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2015

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