Why plans to hobble UK newspapers are a tyrant’s charter

Jan 8, 2017 by

by Ian Birrell, Mailonline: Foreign Reporter of the Year IAN BIRRELL, who has reported from brutal regimes around the world, on the true cost of a shackled press. Journalism can be a dangerous job. In many places on our planet, rich and powerful people dislike anyone investigating their nefarious affairs and are swift to threaten, imprison, torture and even kill those who do so. The brave men and women who resist such pressure and report truth in the face of tyranny are not just helping to...

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#FreeThePress

Jan 4, 2017 by

by Brendan O’Neill, from facebook: I want to tell you about an incident in English history which is little known, but which helped to make your life freer and better than it might otherwise have been. In Ipswich in the 1630s, a strange and tense war of words broke out between the local council and the local bishop. The bishop and his lackeys sought to curb the council’s decision-making power and to govern more closely what it could do and even what its members could say and...

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MP says free speech ‘includes right to offend’

Dec 24, 2016 by

by Chris Sugden, CEN: “The freedom to speak inoffensively is not worth having” Fiona Bruce MP has said. A strong call for reasonable accommodation to be enshrined in law was made in Parliament on November 30 in front of MPs, members of the Lords, political activists and church leaders. Fiona Bruce MP who sponsored the meeting identified the religious illiteracy of MPs as an obstacle since many would think the topic referred to the housing crisis. Lord Mackay of Clashfearn argued strongly that...

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Protecting freedom from its western enemies

Dec 22, 2016 by

from CEN: Freedom is associated with what humanity is meant to be in the Christian, Jewish and natural law traditions. It is threatened by “exclusive humanism” which asserts the total autonomy of what is human, according to Professor Remi Brague, speaking at an international conference in London on December 1 which addressed the current crisis of freedom in the west. Professor Brague, winner of the Ratzinger Prize for Theology in 2012, identified four steps in the historical development of...

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EU’s highest court delivers blow to UK snooper’s charter

Dec 22, 2016 by

by Owen Bowcott, Guardian: “General and indiscriminate retention” of emails and electronic communications by governments is illegal, the EU’s highest court has ruled, in a judgment that could trigger challenges against the UK’s new Investigatory Powers Act – the so-called snooper’s charter. Only targeted interception of traffic and location data in order to combat serious crime – including terrorism – is justified, according to a long-awaited decision by the European court of justice (ECJ) in...

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Investigatory Powers Bill: ‘Snoopers Charter 2’ to pass into law, giving Government sweeping spying powers

Nov 18, 2016 by

by Andrew Griffin, Independent: The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, putting the huge spying powers on their way to becoming law within weeks. The bill – which forces internet companies to keep records on their users for up to a year, and allows the Government to force companies to hack into or break things they’ve sold so they can be spied on – has been fought against by privacy campaigners and technology companies including Apple and Twitter. But the Government...

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