STATEMENT
Proposed changes to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill are welcome
16 Oct 2018
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

Index on Censorship welcomes the amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill proposed by the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Index believes that the bill would introduce unacceptable restrictions on freedom of expression in the UK and would damage journalism and academic research. The attached briefing note highlights some of Index’s concerns.

The House of Lords will consider the bill again on 29 October.

Joy Hyvarinen, head of advocacy, said: “Index urges all members of the House of Lords to pay close attention to the amendments proposed by the Joint Committee on Human Rights and to ensure that they fully understand the implications of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill. The bill would limit UK citizens’ rights, damage journalism and undermine academic research – it should be scrutinised closely.”

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill Briefing Note 15 October 2018

State security v freedom of the press: Protecting sources does not mean journalists are pro-terrorism

In discussing the scope of the recent Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, international human rights lawyer Alex Bailin QC called the powers created by the new legislation “breathtakingly broad.”

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Annual review of listed terrorist organisations would be a step in the right direction for counter-terror bill

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Groups urge House of Lords to rethink Counter-Terror and Border Security Bill

The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill would restrict freedom of expression and press freedom, threaten the protection of journalistic sources, and undermine academic research in Britain. It would limit the right to access information online and it would sneak in a new, harsh border regime for Northern Ireland. The Bill has been slipping through Parliament with little attention. The […]

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