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The Espionage Act Talk - convicting whistle-blowers as spies?

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  • Friends Meeting House

    Ship Street
    BN1 1AF
    Brighton (map)

    50.821969 -0.141666

  • ORG Brighton is hosting an evening of talks all about the proposed changes to the Espionage  Act.

    What has the Law Commission proposed?

    The changes to the Espionage, or Official Secrets, Act proposed by the Law Commission dramatically increase penalties for whistleblowers and journalists that expose wrong doing and law breaking within government.

    Not only this but those accused wouldn't be able to argue as their defence that their actions were in the public interest.

    Read more about the proposals on ORG's website and from the Law Commission directly.

    Who's speaking?

    Javier Ruiz Diaz - ORG's Policy Director 

    Javier navigates ORG’s complex policy landscape, which includes diverse areas such as intellectual property and copyright, surveillance, privacy and data protection, open source innovation, transparency and access to information.

    Dr Paul Lashmar - Senior Lecturer and Journalism Lead at University of Sussex

    Paul was awarded ‘Reporter of The Year’ (with David Leigh) at the British Press Awards. In his career he has written about terrorism, intelligence, organised crime, offshore crime, business fraud and the Cold War and I've broken many major domestic and international stories. Paul joined the University of Sussex in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer and Journalism Lead.

    In a recent interview on the proposed changes to the Espionage Act Paul said “only journalists have a consistent record for revealing intelligence agency malpractice”.

    How can I make a difference?

    The Law Commission is currently holding an open public consultation on the proposals. The consultation will run until 3rd May so make sure to lobby your MP or write to the law Commission directly.

    Email the Law Commission your views: [masked]

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