Nik Williams: Let's seize this chance to ensure Scots defamation law protects free expression for all
Nik Williams, project manager at Scottish PEN, says that Scotland is closer than ever to defamation reform, ensuring free expression is beyond the coercive control of the rich and powerful
In a climate of surveillance, does self-censorship threaten Scottish journalism?
As 2018 comes to a close, the CPJ reports that jailing journalists has become the ‘new normal’, while Scottish PEN finds that self-censorship threatens freedom of speech.
A study produced by Scottish PEN and the University of Strathclyde shows the alarming impact of pervasive surveillance on writers in Scotland.
Nik Williams: Why the Faculty of Advocates is getting it wrong on defamation
Scottish PEN's Nik Williams explains why Scotland's defamation laws work in favour of the few instead of the many
WHO is the law designed to protect? Whether Freedom of Information legislation, public spending, legal aid reforms or defamation laws, answering this seemingly straightforward question should be a priority for lawmakers across the UK when addressing out-of-date, inadequate or badly drafted laws.
Joanna Cherry MP: UK surveillance powers have gone further than any other Western democracy
Joanna Cherry MP QC says UK surveillance powers have gone ‘further than any other Western democracy’
THE UK has gone “further than any other Western democracy” in its extension of surveillance powers, according to SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC.
The comments were made during a panel discussion held by Scottish PEN, an organisation which works to defend freedom of speech, after a screening of documentary film The Haystack, which explores the UK Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill.
Scottish PEN organises free screening of Haystack documentary with Q+A
Scottish PEN to showcase a screening of The Haystack documentary at CCA on 17 August
SCOTTISH PEN, an organisation of activists who campaign for freedom of speech, have organised a screening of The Haystack documentary, an investigation into 21st century surveillance in the UK and the drafted Investigatory Powers (IP) Bill which will support it. on Wednesday 17 August at the CCA in Glasgow.
Nik Williams: The coronation of Theresa May - A cautionary tale
Scottish PEN's Nik Williams asks what the era of Theresa May as prime minister will mean for civil liberties
THE swift accession of the surveillacrat Theresa May is now complete. Following her stewardship of the Home Office and the stepping aside of Andrea Leadsom as a leadership challenger, Theresa May has taken over the role of prime minister of the UK and all defenders of civil liberties should be deeply concerned.
Nik Williams: The IP Bill and when privacy gives way to grammar
Scottish PEN's Nik Williams takes a look at the latest developments with the UK Government's controversial IP Bill
WHILE we at Scottish PEN are avid fans of correct spelling and grammatical clarity, we do not believe that it is the end of any endeavour, be it fiction, poetry, journalism or in fact policy making.
Controversial Tory IP Bill could lose powers under new amendments tabled by SNP
Bill faces changes as predecessor is brought before EU court
THE Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill) is facing proposed amendments that could curb powers allowing police forces to seize data and monitor individuals without a warrant.