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2018

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

22

Feb

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Anti-Brexit bus ‘banned’ from parking in Oxford

A council has been criticised for “banning” an anti-Brexit bus from stopping in a street in Oxford. The “Brexit Facts Bus” started a tour of the UK earlier but has been told it cannot park in Broad Street when it comes to the city on Monday. John Tanner, secretary of the Oxford European Association, called […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: BBC

21

Feb

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UK: Labour expels Jewish anti-Zionist Tony Greenstein

he Labour Party on Sunday expelled prominent Jewish anti-Zionist Tony Greenstein, citing his allegedly abusive language and his criticism of leading pro-Israel figures in the UK’s main opposition party. A disciplinary panel expelled Greenstein for what it claimed was online abuse. But Greenstein disputes this and says the real reason was that he has spoken out against the […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Electronic Intifada

20

Feb

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UK knowingly returns Afghan asylum seekers back to risk of death

Calls for the Home Office to stop returning asylum seekers to Afghanistan have intensified after a report that showed that the number of civilian casualties in the country exceeded 10,000 for the fourth year running in 2017. In all, 3,438 civilians were killed last year and 7,015 were wounded, according to a report released last week by […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian

2017

24

Nov

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More rape & violent sex crime in England & Wales than anywhere else in Europe

England and Wales has the highest number of violent rapes in Europe, according to official statistics published Thursday. Almost a third of sex crimes in the EU were recorded by police forces in the two countries, the figures show. Data from Eurostat, the official statistics organization of the EU, show that 64,500 violent sex crimes, […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: RT