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Sir Keir Starmer: “You can’t have a law-free zone”

Sir Keir Starmer: “You can’t have a law-free zone”

Listen to a podcast interview with former director of public prosecution in England and Wales, Sir Keir Starmer, and editor of Index on Censorship magazine Rachael Jolley. In the interview Sir Keir covers social media, whistleblowing and online abuse.

Egypt’s draft NGO law draws fierce criticism

Egypt’s draft NGO law draws fierce criticism

Rights groups have decried the draft legislation, arguing that it is even more restrictive than the current Mubarak-era Law 84, Shahira Amin writes from Cairo.

Index on Censorship’s response to the Leveson report

Index on Censorship’s response to the Leveson report

The Leveson Report will become a benchmark for press regulation in modern democracies. Index has urged a serious, considered debate about Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations rather than their full adoption. The free speech organisation opposes the statutory underpinning of press regulation as proposed by Lord Justice Leveson.

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

Guidelines issued today on when criminal charges should be brought against people posting offensive or abusive comments on social media sites could boost free speech Plus: Read the guidelines here Index Press Release: Social media guidelines recognise there is no right not to be offended

Social media and free speech

The most senior prosecutor in England has issued guidelines on when criminal charges should be brought against people posting offensive or abusive comments on social media networks

How the law caught up with the internet

How the law caught up with the internet

As online freedom comes under attack from big business and governments alike, Jennifer Granick assesses the legal landscape

Leveson inquiry: Politicians must give weight to free speech

Leveson inquiry: Politicians must give weight to free speech

The judge's part is done, now its up to the press and parliament. Can the press convince politicians they are capable of reform? Or will the government decide it needs powers to control the press?

UK: Man sentenced to 100 hours of community service for shouting at Prime Minister

A man who shouted “no ifs, not buts, no public sector cuts” at Prime Minister David Cameron during a speech in Glasgow in July has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service, it was reported today. Activist Stuart Rodger, 23, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by violating a security cordon;

Lance Armstrong and cycling’s libel shame

Lance Armstrong and cycling’s libel shame

Defamation laws allowed doping to thrive in the Tour de France, says Padraig Reidy, and the people who run the sport are STILL using the courts to silence critics Plus: Last chance to demand Libel Reform. Join 60,000 others calling for change. Sign here

Manchester man given eight months jail for cop-killer T-shirt

Manchester man given eight months jail for cop-killer T-shirt

A man has been sentenced to a total of eight months in prison by a Manchester court for wearing a T-shirt daubed with offensive comments referring the murders of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes. Barry Thew, of Radcliffe, Greater Manchester admitted to a Section 4A Public Order Offence

Five ludicrous libel cases

Five ludicrous libel cases

Index has today called for the British government to deliver on its promise of real libel reform. Daisy Williams lists five cases that demonstrate how libel law can stifle debate, curtail critcism and even endanger lives

Azhar Ahmed given community order for offensive Facebook post

Yorkshire man Azhar Ahmed has been given a community order after being found guilty of “sending a grossly offensive communication”. Ahmed, 19, from West Yorkshire wrote on Facebook that “All soldiers should DIE & go to HELL!”  This morning at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court he was fined £300 and ordered to complete 240 hours

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