Category : law

#IndexAwards2006: Beatrice Mtetwa, Campaigning

alt informationBeatrice 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”

alt informationListen 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.

Egypt’s draft NGO law draws fierce criticism

Rights groups have decried the draft legislation, arguing that it is even more restrictive than the current Mubarak-era Law 84, Shahira Amin writes from Cairo.

Index on Censorship’s response to the Leveson report

alt informationThe 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.

The beat goes on?

Daisy Williams:The beat goes on, but lest we forget the casualties of musical censorship

Social media guidelines: Nice start, but still a long way to go

Padraig Reidy: Social media guidelines: Nice start, but still a long way to go

High threshold set for social media prosecutions

Guidelines issued today on when criminal charges should be brought against people posting offensive or abusive comments on social media sites could boost free speech Plus: Read the guidelines here Index Press Release: Social media guidelines recognise there is no right not to be offended

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

How the law caught up with the internet

As online freedom comes under attack from big business and governments alike, Jennifer Granick assesses the legal landscape

Leveson inquiry: Politicians must give weight to free speech

The judge's part is done, now its up to the press and parliament. Can the press convince politicians they are capable of reform? Or will the government decide it needs powers to control the press?

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; […]

Midnight police raid on disability campaigner over Facebook messages

Padraig Reidy: Police raid disability campaigners home over Facebook messages