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Index responds to Theresa May comments

Index responds to Theresa May comments

Theresa May's comments on the Andrew Marr Show have lead to a round of speculation around the actions that the Home Secretary will take in the wake of Woolwich, especially in regard to the shelved Communications Data Bill.

UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

Justice is better served by openness and transparency, writes Padraig Reidy

Leveson debate must be brought back from brink

Leveson debate must be brought back from brink

Basic principles are at stake as confusion reigns ahead of Monday's vote, says Index chief executive Kirsty Hughes

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.

Leveson: The way ahead for a free press in the UK

A tough but voluntary regulator is the best way to ensure a free press and a fair society, Index says in a new policy note Plus: Why Leveson's recommendations are more worrying than you think

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

“Porn filters” fail parents and children

“Porn filters” fail parents and children

Index welcomes the government’s rejection of a proposal for mandatory blocking of “internet filth”

Why journalism and politics should remain independent

Why journalism and politics should remain independent

Leveson's "statutory underpinning" is no way to protect press freedom, says Kirsty Hughes

UK “snooper’s charter” to be redrafted

The British government’s Communications Data Bill is to be redrafted after the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said he would block the current bill. The bill, which would give government agencies unprecedented access to email, web and phone traffic, has been described as a “snooper’s charter” by free speech and

Communications Data Bill: Setback for UK government as “snooper’s charter” slammed

Communications Data Bill: Setback for UK government as “snooper’s charter” slammed

Home Secretary Theresa May’s plan to store information on every citizen’s use of email, the web, and phones have been dealt a severe blow by a parliamentary committee. Padraig Reidy reports

UK: Public Order Act may drop “insulting” as an offence

Section 5 of the 1986 Public Order Act could be adjusted to remove the word “insulting” from legislation, it was announced today (10 December). Director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer has said that past cases could be classified as “abusive”, as opposed to “insulting”. Section 5 has stirred controversy in the past: in 2010,

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