Freedom of Expression

Evidence-based policy? Only if it fits with your preconceptions

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From May, a new clause will be slipped in to all government grant agreements, preventing public funding from being used to lobby the government. While the clause is aimed at quangos, it will also affect charities, and - crucially - academic research. As David Nutt puts it in yesterday's Guardian, this move is an attempt to "limit scientific outputs to those that support its policies". 

This is not just a slap in the face to evidence-based policy. It could be a deathblow.

'Prevent' Strategy may undermine the freedoms it is meant to protect.

Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 18:30

The Coalition Government's Prevent counter terrorism strategy has been unveiled by Home Secretary Theresa May. Prevent has been billed as a plan to deal with all forms of terrorism and extremism including non-violent extremism.

Pirate Parties mirror Wikileaks to support whistleblowing worldwide

Sunday, 5 December, 2010 - 19:00

Pirate Parties from around the world, including the Pirate Party UK, today reaffirmed their commitment to whistleblowing worldwide. Concerned about freedom of information, opinion and press, the Pirate Parties have decided in a joint resolution to make Wikileaks available on a worldwide mirroring infrastructure. The mirrors will guarantee that the release of US diplomatic cables can continue and previous publications will stay online.

Pirate Party Condemns 'Twitter Joke Trial' Judgement

Thursday, 11 November, 2010 - 19:00

Pirate Party UK is disappointed to learn that the courts have upheld the conviction of Paul Chambers under s127 Communications Act, for "sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message... of menacing character”. The conviction follows after Mr. Chambers posted a message on the Twitter social networking site earlier this year, making a frustrated, non-serious, claim that he would blow up an airport due to travel disruption.