A Discussion of Free Speech and Censorship on Social Media

Harmful content such as fake news, hate speech and cyberbullying is rampant on various social media platforms. What balance should the companies in question strike between censorship and the promotion of freedom of speech, and what questions underpin this dilemma? Beliz Urkmez Political Science Student at UCLA One of the many wonders that social media…

Comment on Revenge Porn Survey Results

Omar Hameed and Laila Sedgwick Co-Editors-in-Chief As part of our spotlight on revenge porn, we conducted a survey of attitudes towards and knowledge about it. We had a huge influx of responses. The definition of revenge porn In our interview with the Revenge Porn Helpline Charity, Ms Rebecca Sharp clarified what the law recognises as…

Interview: Revenge Porn Helpline

We spoke to Rebecca Sharp of the Revenge Porn Helpline (https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/) about preventing the illegal sharing of intimate photos and what to do once it has happened. For an example of the impact this crime can have, please see our first-person experience here. The Revenge Porn Helpline Charity is the only charity in the UK…

Haverstock Series: Interview with Alketa Xhafa Mripa

Haverstock Journalism Club Haverstock is a co-educational school in Camden Town, North London. Producing political heavyweights including the likes of Ed Miliband, it is not a school that should be cantankerously dismissed. Students are engaged, well informed and mean business. This is the latest in a series of contributions from their students. The artist, Alketa…

Haverstock Series: Disability Rights – A Revolution?

Haverstock Journalism Club Haverstock is a co-educational school in Camden Town, North London. Producing political heavyweights including the likes of Ed Miliband, it is not a school that should be cantankerously dismissed. Students are engaged, well informed and mean business. This is the latest in a series of contributions from their students. ‘A revolution is…

Interview: Victoria Anderson, Big Voice London CEO

Victoria Anderson, the organisation’s CEO, is a trainee solicitor specialising in media and commercial law after completing an LLB and LLM at Exeter, graduating in 2014. We spoke to her about her career, Big Voice’s work, and the challenges facing the charity. Big Voice London is a social mobility legal charity who have worked with hundreds of…

Human Rights as Political Capital: Aung San Suu Kyi’s True Face

Neo Wei Sheng UCL Laws Student It is a truism that we are constrained by the inadequacy of words. Phrases like “ethnic cleansing” are wholly ineffectual in capturing the extent of the atrocities which have been committed against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma; for the average person, the plight of the Rohingyas is merely another…

How Do We Restore the Syrian Economy?

Sophie Mangal explores potential ways for Syria to start rebuilding its economy, with the help of some neighbours Sophie Mangal Investigative correspondent at Inside Syria Media Center Last Monday, the EU Council extended its restrictive measures against the Syrian government by a year, until June 1, 2018. The event occurred against the backdrop of the…

Five Songs that reflect the Trump Era

Ellioté Long Culture Editor Nina Simone once said that it is an artist’s duty to reflect the times, and her affirmation is as important today as it ever was. Since the early days of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, we have seen some excellent responses to the racism, misogyny, trans-misogyny, ableism, islamophobia, homophobia and other rubbish…

Terrorist Suspects in the Media

After the attack on Finsbury Park Mosque last Monday, the inconsistence of the media’s portrayal and discussion of terrorist attackers has once again become apparent, propagating islamophobia and shifting social norms Gianna Seglias UCL Law Student After another in a series of recent devastating attacks took place on Monday at the Finsbury Park Mosque, much of London has come…

Lawyers Without Borders at UCL

The 17/18 President of UCL’s Lawyers Without Borders Student Division takes us through their activity at UCL, as well as plans for next year Eamonn Lynch-Bowers President of LWOB UCL Student Division Lawyers Without Borders is a pro bono organisation with a global presence. Its dedication to strong international ties and worldwide collaboration allow LWOB…

Election expectations and reality: how human rights are affected

Ben Cartwright, UCL Amnesty Society President The 2017 general election was widely expected to be Theresa May’s way of obtaining a landslide majority and giving her an opportunity to transform Britain and its human rights legal framework. However, after the results came in and Britain faced a hung Parliament, the Conservatives’ ability to change Britain…