Posts Tagged: free speech

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English PEN calls for public interest defence in UK official secrets laws

On World Press Freedom Day, English PEN, Index on Censorship, Reporters Without Borders – known internationally as Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) have published their joint submission to the Law Commission’s Consultation on the Protection of Official Data. The free speech and press freedom groups welcome the opportunity to review legislation that is long overdue for

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English PEN at the House of Lords

English PEN staff and representatives from two of our outreach partner organisations will be taking part in the 10th annual House of Lords Chamber Debate today.  Over 200 people, from all generations and from across the United Kingdom, have been invited to take part in the debate, which will be chaired by The Lord Speaker,

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Murder of writer demonstrates urgent need for end to religious insult laws

The killing of Jordanian writer Nahid Hattar outside a court where he was due to stand trial for alleged ‘insult to Islam’ and ‘provoking sectarian strife’ is a clear demonstration why religious insult laws should be repealed without delay. Nahid Hattar, a 56-year-old member of Jordan’s Christian minority was reportedly shot dead by Riyadh Ismail

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Turkey: free speech under pressure

UPDATED 19 SEPTEMBER: Since the failed coup on 15 July and the declaration of a state of emergency, the Turkish government has detained a significant number of journalists and closed down publishers and media outlets. The independent news agency P24: Platform for Independent Journalism is publishing a list of all media detentions and shutdowns by

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