Dutch MP overturns UK entry ban – BBC News

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

“Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has won an appeal against a Home Office decision barring his entry to the UK.”

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BBC News, 13th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Reporting bans may lose their power in Twitter age says expert after Guardian ban is lifted – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 13th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, internet, news by sally

“The editor of a newspaper which was banned from reporting on the tabling of a question in Parliament has thanked the users of micro-blogging service Twitter for their role in what he called a ‘victory for free speech’.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th October 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Gag on Guardian reporting MP’s Trafigura question lifted – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, media, news, parliament by sally

“The existence of a previously secret injunction against the media by oil traders Trafigura can now be revealed.”

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The Guardian, 13th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Guardian gagged from reporting parliament – The Guardian

Posted October 13th, 2009 in freedom of expression, injunctions, media, news, parliament by sally

“The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which appear to call into question privileges guaranteeing free speech established under the 1688 Bill of Rights.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Freedom of expression and the role of the Supreme Court – some issues from across the world – Speech by The Rt Hon Lady Justice Arden DBE

Posted August 3rd, 2009 in freedom of expression, speeches, Supreme Court by sally

Freedom of expression and the role of the Supreme Court – some issues from across the world (PDF)

Speech by The Rt Hon Lady Justice Arden DBE

A Judicial-Academic Conference,31st July 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Labour defeat on incitement laws – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2009 in freedom of expression, incitement, news by sally

“Labour has been defeated in the Lords over the issue of free speech and laws against inciting homophobic hatred.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New body to oversee expenses ‘could have chilling effect on MPs’ freedom of speech’ – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2009 in expenses, freedom of expression, news, parliament by sally

“Gordon Brown’s plans to set up an ­independent body to take charge of parliamentary expenses could have a ‘chilling effect’ on MPs’ freedom of speech, the most senior official in the House of Commons warned today.”

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The Guardian, 26th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

In re British Broadcasting Corporation: Attorney-General’s Reference (No 3 of 1999) – Times Law Reports

Posted June 18th, 2009 in anonymity, freedom of expression, human rights, law reports, privacy by sally

In re British Broadcasting Corporation: Attorney-General’s Reference (No 3 of 1999)

House of Lords

“Balancing the defendant’s right to privacy under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights against the right of the British Broadcasting Corporation under article 10 of that Convention to freedom of expression and communication, an order made by the House of Lords in October 2000 in an Attorney-General’s reference prohibiting identification of the defendant, D, should be discharged.”

The Times, 18th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Why must a secret service fair hearing be heard in secret? – The Times

“Former MI5 officers guard many secrets. But, as Dame Stella Rimington well knows, they can tell their own stories. A former agent has to seek prior approval for publication from his or her former employers and, if it is not given, any dispute will ultimately be adjudicated by a High Court Judge with all the usual safeguards to ensure a fair trial. Or so it was thought until the Court of Appeal gave judgment in A v B.”

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The Times, 11th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Ministers win vote on gay hatred – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2009 in freedom of expression, homosexuality, incitement, news by sally

“An attempt to insert a defence of ‘free speech’ into a bill designed to criminalise incitement to hatred over sexual orientation has failed.”

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BBC News, 24th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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