Category : law
#IndexAwards2006: Beatrice Mtetwa, Campaigning
Beatrice Mtetwa is a noted Zimbabwean human rights attorney, who received the Freedom of Expression Law and Campaigning Award from Index in 2006 for her efforts in protecting journalists by her country's repressive regime.
Sir Keir Starmer: “You can’t have a law-free zone”
Listen to a podcast interview with former director of public prosecution in England and Wales, Sir Keir Starmer, and editor of Index on Censorship magazine Rachael Jolley. In the interview Sir Keir covers social media, whistleblowing and online abuse.
Index on Censorship’s response to the Leveson report
The Leveson Report will become a benchmark for press regulation in modern democracies. Index has urged a serious, considered debate about Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations rather than their full adoption. The free speech organisation opposes the statutory underpinning of press regulation as proposed by Lord Justice Leveson.
Social media and free speech
The most senior prosecutor in England has issued guidelines on when criminal charges should be brought against people posting offensive or abusive comments on social media networks
UK: Man sentenced to 100 hours of community service for shouting at Prime Minister
A man who shouted “no ifs, not buts, no public sector cuts” at Prime Minister David Cameron during a speech in Glasgow in July has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service, it was reported today. Activist Stuart Rodger, 23, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by violating a security cordon; shouting and failing to desist; […]
Lance Armstrong and cycling’s libel shame
Defamation laws allowed doping to thrive in the Tour de France, says Padraig Reidy
, and the people who run the sport are STILL using the courts to silence critics
Plus: Last chance to demand Libel Reform. Join 60,000 others calling for change. Sign here
Manchester man given eight months jail for cop-killer T-shirt
A man has been sentenced to a total of eight months in prison by a Manchester court for wearing a T-shirt daubed with offensive comments referring the murders of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes. Barry Thew, of Radcliffe, Greater Manchester admitted to a Section 4A Public Order Offence today (11 October) for wearing […]
Five ludicrous libel cases
Index has today called for the British government to deliver on its promise of real libel reform. Daisy Williams
lists five cases that demonstrate how libel law can stifle debate, curtail critcism and even endanger lives