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United Kingdom

2018

09

Aug

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Boris Johnson says burkas make women look like ‘bank robbers and letter boxes’

Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attacked the dress of Muslim women in a newspaper column on 6th of August, but he’s insisted that Britain shouldn’t join other countries in banning them in public. Writing in the Daily Telegraph he mocked the dress and branded it “oppressive” – saying Denmark had got it wrong to bring in the […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Sun , Euronews

20

Jul

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UK using child spies in police operations

British authorities are deploying children as spies in covert policing and security operations, a new UK parliamentary report revealed. Some of the minors tasked with gathering intelligence are under 16, the report by a House of Lords review committee said. The report, published last week, was produced in response to proposals brought forward by government officials to […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Al Jazeera , TRT Haber

18

Jul

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UK anti-terror legislation a threat to free speech and privacy – HoC Committee

The British Parliament’s cross-party select committee on human rights has publicized serious concerns over the scope and wording of anti-terrorism and border control legislation currently under consideration. Among the most problematic aspects of the legislation highlighted in the Committee’s report are the criminalization of an opinion expressed in support of a proscribed terrorist organization or that might encourage support for such an organization. Viewing online material supportive […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sputnik

17

Jul

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Ukip leader Gerard Batten calls prophet Muhammad a paedophile at Tommy Robinson rally

Ukip’s leader has called the prophet Muhammad a paedophile at a rally for jailed far-right leader Tommy Robinson. Gerard Batten, an MEP for London, told protesters campaigning for the release of Robinson in London that “rape gang members are predominately followers of the cult of Muhammad”. In remarks prepared for the rally in London on Saturday, Mr Batten […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Independent

22

May

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UK media watchdog Ofcom launched 3 new probes Into Russian broadcaster RT

UK media watchdog Ofcom said it had launched three new investigations into the RT broadcaster for breaches of content standards between April 30 and May 13. According to the organization’s bulletin, the investigations were launched over RT’s Crosstalk and News programs, aired on April 20, April 26 and May 4. Ofcom notes that the very fact of the beginning of the investigation does not […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sputnik News

26

Apr

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UK among the worst in western Europe for press freedom

The UK has one of the worst environments for press freedom in western Europe, according to a global ranking that places Britain below the likes of Uruguay, Samoa, and Chile for restrictions on reporters as they seek to hold power to account. Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for journalistic freedoms, said the UK ranked 40th […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian

25

Apr

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MI5 vetted thousands of BBC staff to keep ‘evil’ and ‘subversive’ lefties out

The BBC allowed MI5, Britain’s intelligence service, to vet its applicants in a bid to stop potentially “subversive” people from influencing the broadcast material, new files have revealed. The documents reveal the extent to which MI5 worked with the broadcaster to politically vet thousands of employees – except for “personnel such as chairwomen” – right until the […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: RT , Sputnik

27

Mar

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Police ‘should need warrant’ to download phone data

At least 26 police forces in England and Wales have begun using new technology to extract data from phones. And Privacy International said there had been no public debate about the rapid rollout of this practice. But one former chief constable said obtaining a warrant in each instance would be “just not practical”. Privacy International […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: BBC

26

Mar

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Police spies helped create employee ‘blacklist’ for UK companies, force admits

Workers who complained of safety violations were reported by police spies and prevented from getting another job in the construction industry, an investigation has uncovered. Richard Martin of the Metropolitan Police admitted that allegations workers were put on a ‘blacklist’ used by building firms to vet staff had been “proven”. It came in response to […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Euronews

15

Mar

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British Army soldier Mikko Vehvilainen ‘was preparing to fight race war’ and had Anders Breivik manifesto

A British Army soldier who became a member of a banned neo-Nazi group stockpiled daggers and machetes to prepare for a “race war”, a court heard. Lance Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen, 33, is accused of belonging to National Action and being “personally committed to the use of violence in pursuit of the organisation’s aims”. Birmingham crown […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Times