Category : United Kingdom

Matthew Brown: Spying on NGOs a step too far

Index youth advisory board member Matthew Brown explores why he thinks mass surveillance has gone too far.

Padraig Reidy: Why Golders Green isn’t Britain’s Skokie

This is the British way of free expression; a matter of practicality rather than principle, a pliable concept, one that can almost always be tempered by appeals to taste

Padraig Reidy: We cannot choose which free speech we will defend and which we will not

If we are to imagine free speech as a defining value of democracy (as David Cameron has said he does) then we cannot just choose which free speech we will defend and which we will not (as David Cameron has said he wants to)

Padraig Reidy: Why did the government panic over a few letters on farming?

With the publication of Prince Charles' "black spider" letters, ministers fear they will lose control of the freedom of information process

Index responds to Theresa May comments

Theresa May's comments on the Andrew Marr Show have lead to a round of speculation around the actions that the Home Secretary will take in the wake of Woolwich, especially in regard to the shelved Communications Data Bill.

UK arrest guidelines are a shift towards secrecy

Justice is better served by openness and transparency, writes Padraig Reidy

Leveson debate must be brought back from brink

Basic principles are at stake as confusion reigns ahead of Monday's vote, says Index chief executive Kirsty Hughes

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?

Man jailed for “despicable” comments about missing April Jones

A man who admitted to posting “despicable” comments about missing five-year-old April Jones on his Facebook page has been jailed for 12 weeks. Matthew Woods appeared at Chorley Magistrates’ Court today, where he pleaded guilty to “sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive” (section 127 […]

Default web filtering is not the way forward

Index on Censorship joins rights groups calling on British Prime Minister David Cameron to resist plans for internet blocking

UK: Teenager given harassment warning over tweets sent to Tom Daley

Dorset police announced yesterday that a 17-year-old who was arrested in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communication has been issued with a harassment warning in connection to tweets sent to Olympic diver Tom Daley. The teenager has been bailed to return to the police station at a later date while the force investigates other […]

Twitter joke trial decision a victory for free speech

Index on Censorship welcomes today’s decision in the high court to overturn the conviction of Paul Chambers in what has become known as the Twitter Joke Trial