Baker’s refusal to bake gay marriage cake not direct discrimination – OUT-LAW.com

‘A Christian bakery’s refusal to bake a cake iced with a message supportive of same sex marriage was not direct discrimination, the UK’s highest court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th October 2018

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Gay cake’ row: Supreme Court rules in favour of Ashers – BBC News

‘The Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery have won their appeal in the so-called “gay cake” discrimination case.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2018

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Landmark judgment on PSPO Regime has Significant Repercussions for Freedom of Expression – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted August 21st, 2018 in abortion, freedom of expression, human rights, news, privacy by sally

‘On 2 July 2018, the High Court handed down judgment in Dulgheriu v London Boroughof Ealing [2018] EWHC 1667 (Admin). The case provides crucial insight into the ever lowering threshold at which freedom of expression can be curtailed in the United Kingdom. The judgment rejected a challenge to an Ealing Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which bans any expression concerning abortion within 100 metres of a Marie Stopes abortion clinic.

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 20th August 2018

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BBC calls on government to clarify privacy law – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 16th, 2018 in BBC, costs, freedom of expression, media, news, privacy, public interest by sally

‘The BBC today admitted that the way it reported the police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard will make it hard to persuade the Court of Appeal that the High Court was wrong to award the singer heavy damages last month for breach of privacy. Announcing that it will not seek leave to appeal the judgment in Sir Cliff Richard OBE v British Broadcasting Corporation the BBC called on the government to clarify the balance between the rights to privacy and free expression.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th August 2018

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Sir Cliff Richard privacy case: BBC will not go to Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2018 in appeals, BBC, freedom of expression, media, news, public interest by sally

‘The BBC will not challenge a ruling over its coverage of a police raid at Sir Cliff Richard’s home in 2014 at the Court of Appeal.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pro-life charity to take Lambeth council to court after it was kicked out of country fair – Daily Telegraph

‘A pro-life charity is to take a council to court after they say being kicked out of a country fair infringed their human rights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2018

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Sir Cliff Richard: BBC agrees to pay £850,000 legal costs – BBC News

Posted July 26th, 2018 in BBC, costs, freedom of expression, media, news, police, privacy by sally

‘The BBC has agreed to pay Sir Cliff Richard £850,000 within 14 days to cover his legal costs, following his privacy case against the corporation.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2018

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Privacy vs Freedom of Expression: How the law has developed – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 19th, 2018 in freedom of expression, human rights, media, news, privacy by tracey

‘The delicate balance between a person’s right to privacy and someone else’s right to freedom of expression were set at odds when they were enshrined in the Human Rights Act, brought in by Tony Blair’s Labour Government in 1998.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th July 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

London drill rap group banned from making music due to threat of violence – The Guardian

‘A drill rap group in London has been issued with a court order that bans them from making music without police permission.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Woman who wrote antisemitic songs calling Holocaust gas chambers ‘a proven hoax’ spared jail – The Independent

Posted June 15th, 2018 in freedom of expression, internet, news, racism, sentencing by tracey

‘A woman who wrote antisemitic songs mocking the Holocaust and calling gas chambers a “proven hoax” has been spared jail.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson jailed at Leeds court – BBC News

‘Former English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson has been jailed for potentially prejudicing a court case, it can be reported.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2018

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Police to treat gangs like terror suspects with tough new laws – Daily Telegraph

‘Police will treat gang members like terrorism suspects if they use YouTube music videos to incite violence on the streets, under new proposals to tackle the soaring murder rates.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th May 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Blogger Alison Chabloz guilty over anti-Semitic songs – BBC News

Posted May 25th, 2018 in freedom of expression, internet, news, racism by sally

‘A blogger has been found guilty of broadcasting anti-Semitic songs on Youtube.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Universities which ‘no-platform’ controversial speakers will face Government intervention – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in freedom of expression, news, universities by tracey

‘Universities which “no-platform” controversial speakers will face a Government intervention for the first time in 30 years, the higher education minister will say today.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd May 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Trainee barristers told they will be marked down for wearing short skirts – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2018 in barristers, examinations, freedom of expression, news, universities by tracey

‘Trainee barristers are being told they will be docked points in their exams if they wear short skirts, colourful socks or “kinky boots”. A handbook at the BPP university law school warns students that they may lose points if they do not adopt an extremely conservative dress code in their advocacy assessments.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

The Leveson Inquiry Wrapped up Early, So What Does This Mean for Free Speech and Privacy? – RightsInfo

‘The public inquiry into media ethics following the phone-hacking scandal of 2011 will not be concluded in full. Why is this happening, and what does it mean for freedom of speech and our right to privacy?’

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RightsInfo, 4th April 2018

Source: rightsinfo.org

Fluctuating hate crime figures prompt CPS and police to reexamine cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Crown Prosecution Service is working with six police forces to reexamine their hate crime cases to see if the correct decisions were taken following a significant drop in referrals, the director of public prosecutions has revealed.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th March 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Paradise Papers legal action against BBC and Guardian condemned – The Guardian

‘Two of the key media partners in the Paradise Papers investigation have condemned the legal action that is seeking to force the Guardian and the BBC to disclose documents used by reporters.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Twitter suspends Britain First leaders as it enforces new anti-abuse rules – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2017 in freedom of expression, incitement, internet, news, violence by sally

‘Twitter has suspended the accounts of the leader and deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group recently retweeted by Donald Trump, under the terms of its revised anti-abuse rules.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com

Privacy and the Princess – Transparency Project

Posted December 13th, 2017 in divorce, freedom of expression, human rights, matrimonial home, news, privacy by sally

‘Once upon a time, His Royal Highness Louis Xavier Marie Guillaume, Prince of Luxembourg, Prince of Nassau and Prince of Bourbon-Parma married Tessy Antony, now Her Royal Highness Tessy Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau and Princess of Bourbon-Parma. Unfortunately, they did not live happily ever after, as, after 11 years of marriage and two children, they are now divorcing in the High Court in London.’

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Transparency Project, 11th December 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk