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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hate groups could land social networking sites in court – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2008 in defamation, freedom of expression, internet, news by sally

“Social networking forums, where users give full vent to their gripes about everyone from gas providers and airline companies to the local bus operator, have caught the eye of media lawyers, who warn that such postings may be leaving sites such as Facebook and MySpace open to libel actions.”

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The Guardian, 21st January 2008

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‘Sadistic’ video game beats ban – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2007 in freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“A video game banned for its ‘casual sadism’ will be released in Britain after its makers yesterday won an appeal against censors. Manhunt 2, the first game in a decade to be banned, was prohibited by the British Board of Film Classification in June for its ‘unrelenting focus on brutal slaying’.”

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The Guardian, 11th December 2007

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Brighton to ban ‘murder music’ in clampdown on hate artists – The Times

Posted December 6th, 2007 in freedom of expression, inciting racial hatred, local government, news by sally

“Brighton and Hove is to become the first British city to prohibit art that incites racist, homophobic or sectarian violence.”

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The Times, 6th December 2007

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‘Nanny’ row over political blogs – BBC News

Posted November 22nd, 2007 in freedom of expression, internet, National Assembly for Wales, news by sally

“Plans to examine if politicians’ blogs could break their code of conduct have led to claims of ‘nanny state culture’.”

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BBC News, 21st November 2007

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Police action over TV film ‘undermined free speech’ – The Times

Posted November 20th, 2007 in freedom of expression, Islam, media, news, police by sally

“MPs have accused West Midlands Police of seeking to undermine freedom of speech by making a ‘perverse’ complaint about a Channel 4 programme that exposed extremism in a British mosque.”

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The Times, 20th November 2007

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Christians seek right to sue BBC for blasphemy – The Guardian

Posted November 20th, 2007 in blasphemy, freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“A Christian group trying to prosecute the producer and broadcaster of Jerry Springer – The Opera under blasphemy laws will take its case to the high court in London today.”

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The Guardian, 20th November 2007

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Free speech must not threaten the vulnerable – The Times

Posted November 9th, 2007 in freedom of expression, privacy, special report by sally

“There have been many cases in recent years involving celebrities and the extent of their rights to privacy. But what about privacy for vulnerable people who were never celebrities in the first place? Is their protection against press intrusion stronger or weaker than the famous? Is the situation exacerbated by the fact that the subject of prurient interest happens to be a child?”

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The Times, 8th November 2007

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Court rejects media gag order in Bermuda – Reuters

Posted October 30th, 2007 in Bermuda, corruption, freedom of expression, media, news by sally

“Bermuda’s media should not be banned from reporting further extracts from a leaked police dossier about corruption at the British territory’s public housing corporation, London’s Privy Council ruled on Monday.”

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Reuters, 30th October 2007

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Foreign Offfice gag on memoirs angers former diplomats – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2007 in confidentiality, diplomats, freedom of expression, news by sally

“A former British diplomat yesterday denounced a lifetime confidentiality agreement demanded by the Foreign Office as ‘unworkable and draconian’, and has refused to sign it.”

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The Guardian, 12th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk