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A civil liberties group just won a huge legal victory over five police forces and t 12 Jun 2018 22:16 #8621

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A civil liberties group just won a huge legal victory over five police forces and the Home Office
JUNE 11TH, 2018 Emily Apple
A civil liberties group just won a huge legal victory over five police forces and the Home Office

The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) took the case to challenge a freedom of information request refusal. Netpol wanted to know how many anti-fracking protesters had been referred to the Channel programme. (Channel is part of the government’s controversial Prevent counter-terrorism strategy [pdf] to stop extremism. The strategy was described in a 2017 UN Human Rights Council report as “inherently flawed”.)

But the police refused to either confirm or deny whether they had made any referrals based on involvement in anti-fracking protests.

In court, the Home Office, Manchester Police, and the Information Commissioner argued that Netpol shouldn’t be allowed the data. But the tribunal found in the group’s favour, ruling that [pdf, p10]:
the Information Commissioner’s Decision Notices were not in accordance with the law.

The case
As Netpol coordinator Kevin Blowe previously explained to The Canary, the appeal was:

the latest stage in a legal battle that began with freedom of information requests in October 2015 to five north-west police forces, asking for statistics on referrals of anti-fracking campaigners to the government’s Channel “deradicalisation” programme.

Despite widespread evidence to the contrary, including a Prevent training presentation from the police describing anti-fracking protesters as extremists, the police argued in court that anti-fracking protesters were not viewed in this way. Blowe stated:

Read More Here;
www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2018/06/11/a-civil-liberties-group-just-won-a-huge-legal-victory-over-five-police-forces-and-the-home-office/

This is an Important Victory, Against The Police State: Well done to all Involved. :)
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Finally some common sense!
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