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The unexpected free speech threat coming from Northern Ireland

15 December 2023

9:56 PM

15 December 2023

9:56 PM

Threats to free speech can come from unexpected places these days. A law passed in Northern Ireland has troubling implications for what can be said or reported about serious sexual misconduct, not only in Belfast, but also in London.

Victims of sexual offences are granted lifetime anonymity in the UK. The law bans publications from printing anything that could publicly identify them.

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