Stars call for end to archaic libel laws – The Times

Posted March 23rd, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, news by sally

“The actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson and writer Andrew O’Hagan are heading a coalition of entertainers, writers, lawyers and journalists in a move today for the scrapping of an archaic law that allows people to be jailed for speaking out.”

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The Times, 23rd March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Times Newspapers Limited (Nos 1 and 2) v United Kingdom – Times Law Reports

Posted March 11th, 2009 in defamation, freedom of expression, human rights, internet, law reports by sally

Times Newspapers Limited (Nos 1 and 2) v United Kingdom

European Court of Human Rights

“The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that a court’s finding that Times Newspapers Ltd had libelled G. L. by the continued publication on its internet site of two articles was not a disproportionate restriction on the newspaper’s freedom of expression, as guaranteed by article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The Times, 11th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Far-right Dutch MP refused entry to UK – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2009 in freedom of expression, immigration, Islam, news by sally

“Geert Wilders, the rightwing Dutch politician accused of Islamophobia, was today refused entry to the UK after arriving at Heathrow airport in London.”

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The Guardian, 12th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Why the IWF was wrong to lift its ban on a Wikipedia page – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 12th, 2008 in freedom of expression, internet, news, obscenity by sally

“EDITORIAL: The Internet Watch Foundation faced a storm of criticism this week over its decision to add a Wikipedia entry to a blacklist of pages that ISPs block. Under pressure, the IWF removed the image from its blacklist. That decision was a mistake.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 11th December 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

MPs seek to censor the media – The Independent

Posted November 10th, 2008 in freedom of expression, intelligence services, media, news, police by sally

“Britain’s security agencies and police would be given unprecedented and legally binding powers to ban the media from reporting matters of national security, under proposals being discussed in Whitehall.”

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The Independent, 10th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Mail editor accuses Mosley judge – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2008 in freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

“Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has launched an attack on a High Court judge, accusing him of bringing in a privacy law by the back door.”

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BBC News, 9th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Net Suicide Bill would breathe life into government censorship – The Register

Posted September 25th, 2008 in freedom of expression, internet, news, suicide by sally

“Government moves to reduce the availability of suicide sites on the internet may herald a new era of online censorship in the UK.”

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The Register, 24th September 2008

Source: www.theregister.co.uk

A disgusting feast of filth? – The Times

Posted September 18th, 2008 in freedom of expression, theatre by sally

“The theatre is a watchword for unfettered artistic licence. Or is it? Dramatists and producers still engage in battles with state censors — who can still determine what is fitting for public consumption. The official role of state censor, given to the Lord Chamberlain under the Licensing Act 1737, may well be dead — but censorship is alive and well in other guises.”

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The Times, 18th September 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Max Mosley case: bend over, free speech, this is going to hurt – The Times

Posted July 14th, 2008 in freedom of expression, news, privacy by sally

“Max Mosley is suing for breach of privacy over reports he participated in a sadomasochistic ‘Nazi orgy’. The case has big implications for tabloid culture and freedom of expression”

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The Times, 13th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Editor defends decision to run exposé of Mosley orgy – The Independent

Posted July 10th, 2008 in freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

“The editor of the News Of The World has defended the paper’s allegation that Max Mosley had engaged in ‘sick Nazi orgy’. Colin Myler claimed while being cross-examined at the High Court that the 68-year-old Formula One boss had instigated a ‘crime upon himself’ when he was caned until blood was drawn.”

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The Independent, 10th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Max Mosley’s case is the frontline in a legal battle for freedom of expression – The Independent

Posted July 7th, 2008 in freedom of expression, media, news, privacy by sally

“The case that could define the future freedom of the British press contains some of the key ingredients of a Whitehall farce: a seemingly respectable middle-aged man caught with his pants down, drinking tea and chattering away to scantily clad women in the language of the sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!: ‘Zey need more of ze punishment, I zink.'”

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The Independent, 7th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Blogger wins right to free speech – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2008 in freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

“A blogger who faced charges of intimidation in cyberspace has won a legal judgment that anti-censorship campaigners claimed this weekend will protect freedom of expression across the worldwide web.”

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The Guardian, 6th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Christian party loses BBC fight – BBC News

Posted May 1st, 2008 in freedom of expression, news, political parties by sally

“A Christian party has lost a High Court bid to have its party election broadcast (PEB) repeated, after claims it was censored by the BBC and ITV.”

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BBC News, 30th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

BBC in Christian ‘censorship’ row – BBC News

Posted April 30th, 2008 in freedom of expression, news, political parties by sally

“The BBC and ITV face a legal challenge after asking a Christian party to make changes to its political broadcast.”

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BBC News, 29th April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Plans to ban gay jokes rejected by the Lords – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 23rd, 2008 in freedom of expression, homosexuality, news by sally

“Comedians and church leaders have claimed a victory for free speech after Government plans to ban jokes about homosexuals were rejected in the House of Lords.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Web filtering must be necessary and transparent, says Council of Europe – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 3rd, 2008 in freedom of expression, human rights, internet, news by sally

“The body behind the European Convention on Human Rights has said that internet users must be told when content is being filtered, and that governments should not filter content except in very specific circumstances.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st April 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Ban on protests at Parliament to be lifted – The Observer

Posted March 25th, 2008 in demonstrations, freedom of expression, news, parliament by sally

“A controversial ban on protests outside the Houses of Parliament will be scrapped by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith this week in a symbolic victory for freedom of speech campaigners.”

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The Observer, 23rd March 2008

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/

Channel 4 in libel action against police over Undercover Mosque – The Guardian

Posted February 28th, 2008 in defamation, freedom of expression, Islam, media, news, police by sally

“Channel 4’s Dispatches editor Kevin Sutcliffe and the programme makers behind Undercover Mosque are pursuing a libel claim against West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.”

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The Guardian, 27th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The answer to extreme ideas is more discussion, not less . . . – The Times

Posted February 26th, 2008 in freedom of expression, special report, terrorism by sally

“Freedom of expression is valued because truth tends to be promoted, and error exposed, by allowing free debate.”

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The Times, 26th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Archbishop of Canterbury calls for new law to punish ‘thoughtless or cruel’ words – The Times

Posted January 30th, 2008 in blasphemy, freedom of expression, inciting religious hatred, news by sally

“The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has called for new laws to protect religious sensibilities that would punish ‘thoughtless and cruel’ styles of speaking.”

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The Times, 29th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk