A free press is the beating heart of our democracy – don't let the Government stifle it

Yesterday Reporters Without Borders (RSF) published its annual World Press Freedom Index.

It made for grim reading. The UK is down two more places in the rankings, having slipped 12 over the past five years.

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The Snoopers' Charter has almost passed - but this isn't the end of the road

Today, MPs have a final chance to voice their opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill – or Snoopers’ Charter.

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Human rights in the headlines: a pro-Snowden James Bond and the spectre of the Snoopers' Charter

This was the week we learnt that James Bond’s latest incarnation is “sexily pro-Snowden”. As always, 007’s timing is impeccable – because this was also the week that saw the spectre of the Snoopers’ Charter return with a vengeance.

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Liberty responds to ISC report on mass surveillance

12 March 2015

Responding to the Intelligence and Security Committee report on mass surveillance, Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti said:

“The ISC has repeatedly shown itself as a simple mouthpiece for the spooks – so clueless and ineffective that it’s only thanks to Edward Snowden that it had the slightest clue of the agencies’ antics."

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Don't Spy On Us

Enough! It’s time to fight back against out-of-control state surveillance. Liberty has joined the Don’t Spy On Us coalition – a group of organisations defending privacy, free expression and digital rights. We’ve come together to combat the breathtaking, unfettered surveillance exposed by Edward Snowden.

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No Snoopers' Charter - Stop Comms Data Bill

Campaigning for an end to blanket surveillance of the entire population.

A grilling that wouldn't have scared a puppy

As feared, yesterday’s “grilling” consisted of friendly and open-ended questions – resulting in few specific answers and barely anything not already on the public record. These public servants have presided over blanket surveillance of the entire population without public, parliamentary or democratic mandate. But Parliament’s response yesterday was woeful. There was also an odd, circular feel to proceedings with questions about accountability met by repeated statements about oversight by the Committee – despite the fact that little of substance was discussed.

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Liberty and ACLU issue joint statement on Snowden revelations

28 October 2013

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, and Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, issued a joint statement stating:

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A breach of trust on the grandest scale

"I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in. My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. They are intent on making every conversation and every form of behaviour in the world known to them. I don't see myself as a hero, because what I'm doing is self-interested: I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity. What they're doing poses an existential threat to democracy".

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