STATEMENT
Conviction of Cage’s advocacy director an abuse of anti-terror legislation
27 Sep 2017
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

The conviction of Muhammad Rabbani, director of advocacy group Cage, for refusing to divulge his phone pin and passwords under the UK’s anti-terror legislation is very concerning.

Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg said:

“We have already seen these powers used against journalists in a way that seriously puts at risk confidential sources and contacts. The legislation threatens the work of reporters and of advocacy groups like Index, who work on a daily basis with individuals under threat in their own countries and for whom anonymity and confidentiality can be a matter of life or death.

“This is a worrying trend not just in the UK but in many countries, including the United States where powers to demand passwords have been used against journalists on a number of occasions as we detailed in our report on the country.”

Rabbani was found guilty under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act.

One response to “Conviction of Cage’s advocacy director an abuse of anti-terror legislation”

  1. Louise says:

    Hiya,

    just read this article and am very curious to know which country it was that convicted Rabanni. Thanks

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