Should asylum seekers take action to avoid persecution on the ground of political opinion incorrectly attributed to them? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Appeal dismissed the Secretary of State’s appeal challenging the Upper Tribunal’s decision that MSM would have been at risk on return to Somalia on the ground of political opinion. Exceptionally, the court went on to consider the modification of conduct issue in relation to imputed political opinion on an obiter basis, which gave rise to interesting analysis.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd July 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Comments Off on Should asylum seekers take action to avoid persecution on the ground of political opinion incorrectly attributed to them? – UK Human Rights Blog

Human rights group condemns Prevent anti-radicalisation strategy – The Guardian

‘The government’s Prevent strategy aimed at combating homegrown terrorism is stifling freedom of expression within the classroom and risks being counterproductive, a human rights report warns.’

Full story

The Guardian, 13th July 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Human rights group condemns Prevent anti-radicalisation strategy – The Guardian

How To Prevent Miscarriages Of Justice: Let Journalists Speak To Prisoners – RightsInfo

’17 years ago, the highest court in the UK declared that a policy prohibiting journalists from interviewing prisoners to uncover potential miscarriages of justice violated the right to free expression.’

Full story

RightsInfo, 8th July 2016

Source: www.rightsinfo.org

Comments Off on How To Prevent Miscarriages Of Justice: Let Journalists Speak To Prisoners – RightsInfo

Councils defeat judicial review challenge to motions on Israeli settlements – Local Government Lawyer

‘Three councils have successfully defended a High Court judicial review challenge brought by Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) over motions passed in relation to the authorities’ business dealings and Israeli settlements.’

Full story

Local Government Lawyer, 28th June 2016

Source: http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/

Comments Off on Councils defeat judicial review challenge to motions on Israeli settlements – Local Government Lawyer

Feminist pornographer wins right to reinstate sadomasochism website – The Guardian

Posted June 6th, 2016 in appeals, freedom of expression, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘A feminist pornographer has hailed a victory for freedom of expression after she won her appeal against an order that had forced her to take down a sadomasochism fetish website.’

Full story

The Guardian, 6th June 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Feminist pornographer wins right to reinstate sadomasochism website – The Guardian

Baroness Shields calls for united action in tackling online extremism – Home Office

‘Minister for Internet Safety and Security addresses audience at the Google Zeitgeist Conference.’

Full story

Home Office, 26th May 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Comments Off on Baroness Shields calls for united action in tackling online extremism – Home Office

Free Speech Explained In 5 Human Rights Cases – RightsInfo

Posted June 2nd, 2016 in freedom of expression, human rights, judgments, news by sally

‘Freedom of speech, often called freedom of expression, is thought of by many as the cornerstone of a liberal democracy.’

Full story

RightsInfo, 26th May 2016

Source: www.rightsinfo.org

Comments Off on Free Speech Explained In 5 Human Rights Cases – RightsInfo

Examining the effectiveness of celebrity injunctions – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Is the Supreme Court’s decision in PJS v NGN [2016] UKSC 26, [2016] All ER (D) 135 (May), as Lord Toulson suggests, out of touch with reality? Sara Mansoori, barrister at Matrix Chambers, considers the wider consequences of the case and suggests that even when information is in the public domain, the law of privacy can prevent repetition of that information where such repetition can cause unwarranted distress.’

Full story

Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th May 2016

Source: www.halsburyslawexhange.co.uk

Comments Off on Examining the effectiveness of celebrity injunctions – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Censorship or justified Concern? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Mrs Justice Whipple dismissed one claim for judicial review, and refused permission to bring a further claim, in respect of decisions made by Southampton University regarding a proposed conference on the legality of the existence of Israel under international law. She held that the University had lawfully withdrawn its permission to hold the conference in April 2015, and refused permission to challenge the University’s subsequent decision to require the conference organisers to meet the conference’s security costs as a condition of allowing the conference to take place at a later date. The conference organisers had claimed that both decisions represented an unlawful interference with their Article 10 right to free expression and Article 11 right to free assembly.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 24th May 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Comments Off on Censorship or justified Concern? – UK Human Rights Blog

Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2016 in complaints, copyright, defamation, fraud, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

‘Writing a bad review online has always run a small risk of opening yourself up to a defamation claim. But few would expect to be told that they had to delete their review or face a lawsuit over another part of the law: copyright infringement.’

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Revealed: How copyright law is being misused to remove material from the internet – The Guardian

Using the courts to silence the press abuses our freedoms and makes our judges look foolish – Daily Telegraph

‘I recently wrote on these pages criticising celebrity injunctions taken out to gag English newspapers, even when the stories were freely reported in other countries. The expensive celebrity game reminded me, I wrote, of the Spycatcher farce and the series of trials during which Margaret Thatcher tried to prevent British newspapers from publishing extracts from Peter Wright’s MI5 memoir, despite the book being freely obtainable outside England.’

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Comments Off on Using the courts to silence the press abuses our freedoms and makes our judges look foolish – Daily Telegraph

Oxford University law students being issued with ‘trigger warnings’ before lectures – The Independent

‘Undergraduate law students at Oxford university are being issued with “trigger warnings” before lectures containing material deemed too “distressing” – a move which has drawn criticism from academics.’

Full story

The Independent, 10th May 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off on Oxford University law students being issued with ‘trigger warnings’ before lectures – The Independent

Court of Protection orders continued reporting restrictions after death – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Protection has just ruled that where a court has restricted the publication of information during proceedings that were in existence during a person’s lifetime, it has not only the right but the duty to consider, when requested to do so, whether that information should continue to be protected following the person’s death.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 27th April 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Comments Off on Court of Protection orders continued reporting restrictions after death – UK Human Rights Blog

What has the European Court of Human Rights done for us? – The Independent

‘Campaigners and politicians have criticised Home Secretary Theresa May’s assertion that Britain should leave the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).’

Full story

The Independent, 25th April 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off on What has the European Court of Human Rights done for us? – The Independent

Ministers back down on rule ‘gagging’ scientists – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2016 in freedom of expression, government departments, lobbying, news by sally

‘Ministers have exempted thousands of scientists from a controversial “gagging clause” that would have prevented the academics from trying to influence government on public policy matters.’

Full story

The Guardian, 19th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Ministers back down on rule ‘gagging’ scientists – The Guardian

This celebrity injunction will probably rebound – a case of the ‘Streisand effect’ – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2016 in freedom of expression, injunctions, internet, media, news, privacy, publishing by sally

‘As a Scottish newspaper publishes details of a sex scandal, when does a legal fight to ensure privacy become a pointless exercise to restrict free speech?’

Full story

The Guardian, 11th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on This celebrity injunction will probably rebound – a case of the ‘Streisand effect’ – The Guardian

NHS Christian worker loses appeal after ‘giving book to Muslim colleague’ – BBC News

‘A Christian health worker in the NHS has lost her appeal against a ruling which suspended her for giving a religious book to a Muslim colleague.’

Full story

BBC News, 7th April 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on NHS Christian worker loses appeal after ‘giving book to Muslim colleague’ – BBC News

Victims of press intrusion deserve better than a return to the status quo – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2016 in defamation, freedom of expression, inquiries, media, news, privacy, victims by sally

‘I was one of the victims of unscrupulous newspapers that David Cameron pledged to protect in the of wake of the Leveson report. Let’s ensure he keeps his promises.’

Full story

The Guardian, 6th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Victims of press intrusion deserve better than a return to the status quo – The Guardian

Daily Mail loses challenge to recoverable ATE – but success fee uncertainty heads to Supreme Court – Litigation Futures

Posted March 17th, 2016 in appeals, costs, fees, freedom of expression, insurance, media, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Recoverable after-the-event insurance (ATE) premiums are not incompatible with a publisher’s right to freedom of expression, the High Court has ruled – but it is asking the Supreme Court to resolve the case law tension over recoverable success fees in publications proceedings.’

Full story

Litigation Futures, 15th March 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Comments Off on Daily Mail loses challenge to recoverable ATE – but success fee uncertainty heads to Supreme Court – Litigation Futures

The Round-up: companies off the hook for human rights abuses? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The UK government is letting companies “off the hook” for human rights abuses, according to Amnesty International.’

Full story

UK Human Rights Blog, 29th February 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Comments Off on The Round-up: companies off the hook for human rights abuses? – UK Human Rights Blog