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Section 5 reform completes its parliamentary progress

Section 5 reform completes its parliamentary progress

Posted: Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:18

MPs have confirmed that a controversial public order law that criminalises "insulting" words or behaviour will be reformed to permit greater freedom of speech.

Victory for free speech as Government accepts reform of section 5

Victory for free speech as Government accepts reform of section 5

Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:39

In a major victory for freedom of expression, Home Secretary Theresa May has bowed to the inevitable and agreed to accept a House of Lords amendment removing the word "insulting " from Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1988.

Take action: urge your MP to support free speech

Take action: urge your MP to support free speech

Posted: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:27

The House of Lords recently passed an amendment to remove "insulting words" from the scope of Section 5 of the Public Order Act. Now we need your support to ensure that MPs retain this vital free speech measure.

Section 5 free speech campaign passes a major hurdle with Lords victory

Section 5 free speech campaign passes a major hurdle with Lords victory

Posted: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:19

The Reform Section 5 campaign chalked up a spectacular victory for freedom of expression on Wednesday evening when the House of Lords passed an amendment to remove the word "insulting" from section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Section 5 Campaign takes major step forward

Section 5 Campaign takes major step forward

Posted: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:59

The Reform Section 5 campaign has taken a major step forward with the tabling of an amendment in Parliament to remove the word "insulting" from section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Free speech protest calls on Government to reform insults law

Free speech protest calls on Government to reform insults law

Posted: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 21:26

Human Rights campaigners, faith groups and secularists gathered outside Parliament today to demand greater protection for free speech by reforming Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

Home Secretary under pressure to reform Public Order Act

Home Secretary under pressure to reform Public Order Act

Posted: Wed, 16 May 2012 00:21

The National Secular Society has joined together with human rights campaigners and religious groups to launch a major new campaign to reform the 1986 Public Order Act, after mounting evidence suggests it is strangling free speech.