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2018

11

Oct

MI5 provides immunity for agents’ criminal acts, tribunal told

MI5 grants its informants legal cover to participate in crimes that may extend to murder, torture and sexual assaults, a tribunal has heard. The policy, in existence since the early 1990s, is likely to have enabled the Security Service to conceal wide ranging illegal activity, Ben Jaffey QC, representing an alliance of human rights group, told […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian

19

Sep

UKIP leader Gerard Batten criticised by Nigel Farage for endorsing anti-Muslim rally

UKIP leader Gerard Batten has been criticised by Nigel Farage for endorsing an anti-Muslim rally which turned violent in Sunderland over the weekend. Gerard Batten marched alongside the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) as they clashed with police who were barricading the march from a separate group of anti-racism protesters. Sky News was the only […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: Sky News

06

Sep

Police given more power to stop and search

Police could be given enhanced stop and search powers under new laws being planned by the government following a nationwide rise in violent crime. A public consultation on changes to the “reasonable grounds” needed to legally justify searches will be launched in the coming days, The Independent understands. Asked about statistics showing black and minority ethnic people are four times […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Independent

27

Aug

Policeman who slapped 14yo girl in face used ‘reasonable force’, insists chief

A police chief in the UK has said that an officer used “reasonable force” when he hit a 14-year-old girl in the face during an arrest. Video footage from the incident in Accrington has gone viral in recent days. The footage was shot while the teenager and a woman, 52, were arrested on suspicion of […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: RT

15

Aug

Home Office stopped author from speaking at UK festival, says publisher

The publisher of a Palestinian author denied a visa to appear at the Edinburgh book festival this year says the Home Office has effectively stopped her from speaking, despite reversing its decision. Nayrouz Qarmout, who is also a TV journalist, was one of a dozen Middle Eastern and African writers and illustrators who had their applications […]

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Country: United Kingdom
Source: The Guardian

09

Aug

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

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

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

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

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