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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_basic_grid post_type=”post” max_items=”12″ style=”load-more” items_per_page=”4″ element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1507723940632-4de12008-52e9-8″ taxonomies=”413, 18380, 11489″][/vc_column][/vc_row]