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Giant digital mural in Trafford Park, Manchester supporting England footballers Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka who were targeted with racist abuse online after the Euro 2020 final. Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images.

The ugly online abuse targeted at members of the England football team following the Euros final, and then at Lewis Hamilton after the British Grand Prix, was not only hateful to the individuals concerned, but divisive for the UK more broadly.

More needs to be done to regulate online platforms to avoid the spread of such abuse at scale. Online platforms are making increasing efforts to ‘self-regulate’ in order to tackle online abuse. Over the past year, Facebook and Twitter have strengthened their policies on hateful speech and conduct, such as Facebook’s policy banning Holocaust denial. Both have become more vigilant at deplatforming those who violate their terms of service, such as Donald Trump, and at removing online abuse using a combination of machines and humans.…  Seguir leyendo »

Julian Assange is taken from court in London in May 2019. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

The British courts will soon be deciding the fate of the Australian journalist Julian Assange, a man who has been unjustly charged as a criminal. Assange committed no crime. He is a champion of the cause of freedom.

The UK will say whether it will accept or deny the request for the extradition of Assange to the US, where he will face 18 charges brought against him by the government of that country. If he is extradited, Assange, 49, could be tried and sentenced to up to 175 years in prison, the equivalent of a life sentence.

We must keep this outrage from happening.…  Seguir leyendo »

Guardian columnist Owen Jones is confronted by right-wing protesters after attending a demonstration in central London on January 12

Something nasty is happening on the grounds of London's Palace of Westminster. And I don't mean the latest horse-trading over Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit legislation.

No, the latest crisis to hit Britain's political culture manifests in a much more tangible form. In recent weeks, an upsurge of "anti-elitist" protest has seen the violent harassment of members of Parliament and commentators while they film interviews outside Parliament. The activity is focused on a public strip of park, known as "College Green," which lies just a few steps outside the main gates of the Houses of Parliament and is traditionally used for broadcast interviews.…  Seguir leyendo »

Tras el vil asesinato de un soldado británico a manos de dos extremistas islamistas que iban armados con cuchillos de carnicero, la ministra británica del Interior, Theresa May, ha sugerido que se prohíba la aparición en los medios de comunicación de personas con “opiniones repugnantes” y que se instaure la censura previa de los mensajes de odio en la Red. En Reino Unido, la amenaza de la violencia es un peligro muy real, igual que en otros países europeos. También en Francia, el otro día, detuvieron a un extremista islamista que reconoció haber apuñalado a un soldado francés. Pero, a pesar de todo, la censura no es la manera más apropiada de luchar contra esa amenaza.…  Seguir leyendo »

“Si las leyes suponen eso”, dice el Sr. Bumble en Oliver Twist, “las leyes son estúpidas –son idioteces.” Durante décadas, las leyes de difamación y calumnia de Gran Bretaña no han estado a la altura de las expectativas del Sr. Bumble. Sin embargo, la libertad de expresión en todo el mundo recibió un impulso –y la reputación británica por su sentido común de alguna manera se restableció –en abril luego de que el Parlamento aprobara una ley que examina las leyes de difamación y calumnia del país.

Anteriormente, las corporaciones e individuos en todo el mundo que decían haber sido objeto de difamación –incluso si los demandantes o aquellos que supuestamente los difamaron tenían muy poca relación o ninguna con Reino Unido– emprendían juicios por difamación en los tribunales británicos.…  Seguir leyendo »

When my book “Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed — and How to Stop It ” was first published in New York in 2003, I never imagined that attempts to silence my work would emanate from London’s High Court rather than, say, Saudi Arabia. The book contained information from numerous reliable open sources on reputed funders of terrorism, including the Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz, who allegedly funded Al Qaeda.

Mahfouz, the former owner of the biggest bank in the Middle East, the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia, claimed through his British lawyers that the 23 copies of my book that were bought in Britain through the Internet damaged his reputation.…  Seguir leyendo »

By William Rees-Mogg (THE TIMES, 27/02/06):

Why Ken Livingstone? Who is David Laverick? These are the questions to which the press has been giving answers — often wrong ones — in the past week.

There is a mystery about Ken Livingstone. It is that he has twice been elected Mayor of London although he is a militant dinosaur of the old Left, with views that have been rejected by the national electorate at every general election since 1979. If he were a national party he would win only a single seat — his own. Like George Galloway, another one-man band of the Left, he is professionally out of tune.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Rod Liddle (THE TIMES, 26/02/06):

How has the most racially attuned man in Britain wound up in the same category as David Irving, Abu Hamza and Nick Griffin?:

Oh, if only they’d sent Ken Livingstone on a racial sensitivities counselling course, instead of suspending him from office for four weeks. Can you imagine it? Ken, the most racially attuned man in Britain, a chap so implacably pro-Muslim, pro-Irish, right-on, anti the imperialist white hegemony, forced to sit on a blond wooden chair in some corporate hellhole while a lecturer, with the use of an overhead projector, attempted to address his inner core of racism.…  Seguir leyendo »