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The Terror News Cycle – Des Freedman

On the BBC’s Today programme on Tuesday some nine hours after the horror of the Manchester bombing, Nick Robinson was speaking to Chris Phillips, a counter-terrorism expert. ‘Terrorists don’t care who they kill,’ Phillips said. ‘It’s the number of bodybags that determines success.’ ‘And the publicity,’ Robinson interjected. ‘And the publicity,’ Phillips agreed. Continue reading

Case comment: R v Faraz – Terrorist publications and free speech in the Court of Appeal – Edward Craven

MakhtabIn R v Ahmed Faraz [2012] EWCA Crim 2820 a man dubbed ‘the terrorists’ favourite bookseller’ successfully challenged seven convictions for disseminating ‘terrorist publications’ under s.2 of the Terrorism Act 2006. The Court of Appeal quashed his convictions after ruling the jury had been improperly told that named terrorists possessed identical DVDs and books. At the same time, it held the legislation did not unlawfully encroach on the appellant’s right to free expression. Continue reading

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