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 […]
Neil 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 […]
Most 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 […]
The 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 […]
Last 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 […]
As 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.