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Index welcomes ruling that police reaction to tweets was “disproportionate interference”

Index welcomes the judgment in the case of Harry Miller – a former police officer who was investigated over tweets about gender. In a judgment delivered at the High Court in London, Julian Knowles found that the police’s actions – which included visiting Miller’s place of work – were a “disproportionate interference” on his freedom […]

Police should be helping to uphold the freedom of the press – not shutting it down (The Telegraph)

alt informationNeil Basu was wrong to threaten journalists who publish leaked information. The Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner – who said on Friday that those who did so could face criminal charges – was wrong, not just because his comments risk deterring the media from publishing information that is in the public interest, but because the role […]

Jodie Ginsberg: Companies that police their worker’s opinions are a danger to democracy (The Telegraph)

alt informationMost people who work will have a contract that allows employers to dismiss them under certain circumstances: incompetence, negligence, misconduct. But how far does that right extend? If the example of an Asda employee this week is anything to go by, too far. Till worker Brian Leach was reportedly sacked by the supermarket chain after […]

Social media bans don’t just hurt those you disagree with – free speech is damaged when the axe falls too freely (Independent, 17 May 2019)

alt informationThe White House announced this week it was launching a sort of hotline for people to report their experiences of censorship on social media. Americans are invited to share their stories through an online questionnaire if they “suspect political bias” in enforcement actions taken against them by companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter. Setting aside the enormous implications […]

Search for the Huawei leaker by all means, but don’t threaten a free press in the process (The Telegraph, 26 April 2019)

alt informationLast summer, Northern Irish journalist Barry McCaffrey had his home raided by armed police. As families readied their children for school, McCaffrey was escorted from his house on a quiet Belfast street by officers dressed in boiler suits. His colleague Trevor Birney was arrested the same morning – over allegations that a confidential document featured in […]

“Far-right are not in favour of free speech”: We need to champion free speech for all or risk the far-right controlling the conversation

alt informationClose down freedom of expression for those you don’t like and you turn them into freedom-of-expression heroes, writes Jodie Ginsberg

Annual appeal: Walking on the cartoon creative road

alt informationDon’t let the bullies win - help us champion the people who are fighting back. People like Freedom of Expression Awards fellows Turkey Blocks.

Annual appeal: “Our mission will continue and we will persist”

alt informationDon’t let the bullies win - help us champion the people who are fighting back. People like Freedom of Expression Awards fellows Turkey Blocks.

Annual appeal: “We no longer feel so alone”

alt informationSilence is the oppressor’s friend. Harassing those who speak out against corruption and injustice – like this year’s Freedom of Expression Awards Fellows Maldives Independent

Refuse to be silent, refuse to look away

alt informationSilence is the oppressor’s friend. Jailing is the favoured tool of those who seek to crush dissent. We cannot let the bullies win.

Targeting journalists in the name of national security

alt informationAs security - rather than the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms - becomes the number one priority of governments worldwide, broadly-written security laws have been twisted to silence journalists.