Browsing All posts tagged under »freedom of speech«

Charities must have the freedom to campaign

January 17, 2018


Charities have a vital role to play in campaigning for positive social change as they are well placed to spot the unintended consequences of legislation and can highlight gaps that risk leaving sections of our society behind. Even the Charity Commission for England and Wales acknowledges that while charities must be independent from party politics […]

The perils of PRs jumping “all in” on the Election

April 24, 2017


Agency bosses calling on their clients to jump “all in” on the General Election in PR Week seemed, on the surface, like sound advice. But it misses a vital point: legally they may find themselves on dodgy ground if they do. Much of the debate on the regulations of ‘third party campaigners’ during General Elections has […]

Keeping ideas open will help trump extremism

November 16, 2016


Nationalism is on the rise. Brexit, Trump and Le Pen are just the most high profile examples. But around the world, prejudice is trumping reality. The rise in inequality around the world is creating strange political bedfellows and changing the way people vote which isn’t captured by the pollsters. More worryingly, Trump’s victory signals a […]

Campaigners must be vigilant to freedom of speech threats

April 10, 2016


Campaigners gave a “cautious welcome” to the Hodgson Review of the Lobbying Act. But there are still significant threats to charity and campaigners' freedom of speech.

Another threat to charities’ freedom of speech

January 11, 2015


Want to sneak out a threat to freedom of speech in the UK? Worried about the backlash from charities and campaigners? Not to fear, Friday December 19th (or “fall-over Friday”) was a perfect time to bury some bad news. Or at least, this is presumably what was being discussed at the Charity Commission when deciding how to deal with […]