Is internet access a human right? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 11th, 2012 in freedom of expression, human rights, internet, news by sally

“A recent United Nations Human Rights Council report examined the important question of whether internet access is a human right.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th January 2012

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Dr Naik, hate speech and the principle of expectation – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 4th, 2012 in freedom of expression, immigration, inciting religious hatred, news by tracey

“The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the exclusion of an Indian Muslim public speaker from the United Kingdom after making statements which breached the Home Office’s ‘unacceptable behaviours policy’ was lawful, and that any interference with his rights was justified.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th December 2011

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Bid to evict St Paul’s protest camp begins at high court – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2011 in demonstrations, freedom of expression, news by tracey

“The City of London Corporation has lost control of St Paul’s Cathedral, the high court will hear on Monday, with members of an activist camp ‘setting rules and policing behaviour’ in the churchyard. A trial, lasting up to four days, will determine whether Occupy London protesters can stay on the land outside the building or not.”

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The Guardian, 18th December 2011

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Rio Ferdinand settles privacy dispute with Sunday Mirror – The Guardian

Posted December 15th, 2011 in freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

“Footballer Rio Ferdinand has ended his privacy battle with the Sunday Mirror over a ‘kiss and tell’ story published by the tabloid after reaching an eleventh-hour agreement.”

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The Guardian, 15th December 2011

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Attorney General: Contempt – a balancing act – Attorney General’s Office

Posted December 2nd, 2011 in contempt of court, freedom of expression, media, speeches by tracey

“Attorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP at City University London: ‘Contempt – A Balancing Act.
Balancing the freedom of the press with the fair administration of justice.’ ”

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Attorney General’s Office, 1st December 2011

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Freedom to report on Parliament is not set in stone, warns Attorney General – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 2nd, 2011 in freedom of expression, media, news, parliamentary privilege by tracey

“Journalists could be prosecuted for reporting what is said in parliament, the Government’s top law officer warned on Thursday, putting a 170-year tradition in jeopardy.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fair trials and the freedom of the press: when fundamental principles conflict – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 23rd, 2011 in contempt of court, freedom of expression, internet, media, news, trials by sally

“Two principles fundamental to English law are open justice and freedom of the press. The right of the public to know via the press who has been charged with what is one of the key features that distinguishes a free society from the sort of tyrannies where those deemed not to be on message politically disappear and are never heard from again.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd November 2011

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Should swearing be against the law? – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2011 in consultations, freedom of expression, news, public order by sally

“A High Court judge has ruled that people should not be punished for hurling obscenities in public because such words are now so common they no longer cause distress. Should the courts punish profanity?”

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BBC News, 21st November 2011

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Freedom of information – no longer the Cinderella of rights – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 18th, 2011 in freedom of expression, freedom of information, news by tracey

“There is no doubt that freedom of expression plays a starring role in the human rights fairy tale. While she is carried aloft on the soaring rhetoric of citizens’ rights from the newsrooms to protesters’ rallies, the right to information, her shy stepsister, is rarely allowed out. How can that be? Surely we can’t have the one without the other?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th November 2011

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Press regulation poses a real danger, says Patten – BBC News

Posted November 14th, 2011 in complaints, freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“Statutory regulation of the press would ‘pose a real danger,’ BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten has told the Society of Editors conference.”

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BBC News, 13th November 2011

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PCC chairman Lord Hunt: the greater challenge is with bloggers – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2011 in complaints, freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“He quotes Wilkes and Thatcher, admits he doesn’t know much about how papers work, and reveals how he will run the PCC.”

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The Guardian, 13th November 2011

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The law should not become “over precious” about human rights, says the Divisional Court – UK Human Rights Blog

“Protestors have to put up with ‘sensible and good natured’ controls by the authorities as a limitation on their rights to free expression and assembly, the Divisional Court has ruled.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th November 2011

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Taking a hatchet to the hackers – which way press freedom? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 1st, 2011 in freedom of expression, internet, media, news, privacy by sally

“On the eve of Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into phone hacking and the ethics of journalism, the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) with 1 Crown Office Row hosted a roundtable discussion to examine how to reconcile the right to privacy with freedom of expression.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st November 2011

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Media win legal bid on Tabak porn – The Independent

Posted October 31st, 2011 in contempt of court, disclosure, freedom of expression, media, news, pornography, trials by sally

“The media won an important victory for press freedom following an attempt to block the publication of Vincent Tabak’s sordid sex life and interest in violent pornography, it can be disclosed today (28 October).”

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The Independent, 28th October 2011

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Some news is good news – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 26th, 2011 in confidentiality, freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

“The need for a free press has been proved over and over again by the revelation of major public scandals which would not otherwise have come to light. The disclosure by the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian of dishonest expenses claims by members of parliament and the hacking of telephones and emails are two egregious examples.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th October 2011

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Man demoted over gay marriage Facebook post sues employer – BBC News

Posted October 25th, 2011 in belief discrimination, Christianity, employment, freedom of expression, news by sally

“A Manchester housing worker is taking legal action against his employer after being demoted for posting comments about gay marriage on Facebook.”

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BBC News, 24th October 2011

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Sound judgments – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 21st, 2011 in freedom of expression, human rights, judges, media, news, sentencing, violent disorder by tracey

“Recent pronouncements by Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, have been momentous, particularly his statements about the Human Rights Act.”

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Daily Telegraph, 20th October 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Reynolds defence is just the start – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2011 in defamation, freedom of expression, media, news, privilege, public interest by sally

“In Flood v the Times, the supreme court has to consider questions of balance and the limits of editorial discretion.”

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The Guardian, 17th October 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Private Eye editor defends use of subterfuge in investigative reporting – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2011 in freedom of expression, inquiries, internet, media, news, privacy by sally

“The editor of Private Eye told peers on Tuesday that the sex lives of well-known figures can be a legitimate subject of journalistic investigation.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2011

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Rio Ferdinand’s court defeat was a big win for tabloids – The Guardian

Posted October 4th, 2011 in freedom of expression, media, news, privacy, public interest by tracey

“In fact, it was one of the best days for tabloid newspapers since the phone-hacking scandal began.”

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The Guardian, 3rd October 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk