Conviction of Cage’s advocacy director an abuse of anti-terror legislation
27 Sep 2017

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.

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

  1. Louise says:


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