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  • Upcoming Event: Information Commissioner & Tribunal Decisions

    Tue 14 Jun 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    FOI Act

    The Information Commissioner has issued over 8,600 decision notices under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations - while the Information Rights Tribunal has published over 1,500 decisions. A number of appeals to the Upper Tribunal and courts have also been decided. These complex decisions are essential materials for anyone trying to understand what public authorities must do to comply… Read more

  • Past Event: Tehran Book Fair, Uncensored

    Friday 6 May 2016, 11:00 am - 5:30 pm and Saturday 7 May 2016, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Tehran Book Fair Uncensored

    For the first time, 7 independent Iranian publishers across Europe are uniting in London to present their works. This gathering is timed to coincide with the Tehran Book Fair in Iran; but, unlike its Iranian counterpart, this fair is free from censorship. The books on display are examples of contemporary Iranian literature. There will be tables overflowing with uncensored novels, short… Read more

  • Past Event: Winning the War on Words

    Wed 4 May 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    War on Words

    In a climate of fear and uncertainty, Winning the War on Words will be a dynamic evening of rhyming, rapping and rhythm about radicalisation, race, Islamic State, integration, stereotypes and the story of us. Faith and fear do not belong together. Anthony Anaxagorou, the award-winning poet, will be debuting a commissioned piece, and other headline acts Joelle Taylor and… Read more

  • Upcoming Event: Countering violent extremism and freedom of expression

    Tue 3 May 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Article 19 & HRLA event

    Outlawed by the Extremism Bill would be vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. The Bill would also introduce legislation to combat groups and individuals who reject our values and promote messages of hate. The Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)… Read more

  • Past Event: Good Europe

    A day of purposeful discussion exploring what a good Europe would look like, what it would do and how we get there

    Saturday 23 April 2016, 10:00am - 4:30pm

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Good Europe

    Recent events throughout the EU, particularly austerity and the solidarity crisis, have thrown its purpose in the 21st century into question. The mainstream debate around Europe in the UK is unimaginative and full of fear. We must take the opportunity to have a more positive and creative discussion about the Europe we really want. The bankers and the bureaucrats have… Read more

  • Past Event: Taking Creative Action Against Prejudice

    Thu 21 Apr 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Lisa Bretherick

    Please note that this event is now sold out. We are currently accepting sign ups to a waiting list and our Front of House team will be in touch if we're able to offer extra tickets - if you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email to express your interest. Presented in… Read more

  • Past Event: Alisa Ganieva: Challenging the Russian Narrative

    Thu 14 Apr 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Alisa Ganieva

    On the edge of the continent, Russia nevertheless makes its presence felt in Europe. This event will be a unique opportunity to hear from a young voice with much to say about Russian ethnic tensions, gender roles and the current state of Russia. Russian writer and journalist Alisa Ganieva published her first novel, Salam Dalgat!, under a male pseudonym,… Read more

  • Past Event: In conversation with Andrei Sannikov, former Belarusian Presidential candidate & political prisoner

    Tue 5 Apr 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Andrei Sannikov

    In 2010, Andrei Sannikov, former deputy minister of foreign affairs of Belarus (1995-1996) and opposition politician, ran a prominent campaign against the incumbent Aleksandr Lukashenka in the Belarusian Presidential election. Lukashenka, in power since 1994, went on to claim victory while Sannikov, who garnered the second highest percentage of votes, was arrested for participating in a peaceful protest against the outcome and… Read more

  • Past Event: Freedom of Information: Where Does the Right To Know End?

    Thu 17 Mar 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    FOI Act

    The Freedom of Information Act (2000) obliges public authorities to publish certain information, and empowers members of the public to request information from these bodies. The act has allowed journalists to expose misuse of public funds, has been used the most by members of the public, and has been described by the former Head of the Civil Service Lord Kerslake as … Read more

  • Past Event: Is there an alternative to the growth imperative?

    Wed 16 Mar 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    Monopoly houses

    Our climate is changing, caused by what many believe to be the relentless economic exploitation of the planet's resources. What are the social, human and political consequences of these changes and how can Europe act together to help forge an alternative approach? Click here to read "Green Bang" (pp. 45-60), a short story by Nick Hunt, one of the… Read more

  • Past Event: Using the FOI Act!: Practical training for requesters

    Mon 14 Mar 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    FOI 2000

    Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted? Making a FOI request is straightforward, but making an effective request can be more difficult. Requests that ask for too much information can be refused – and some information… Read more

  • Past Event: PEN Atlas presents: Words cannot be killed: Freedom of expression in Bangladesh

    Wed 24 Feb 2016

    Free Word Lecture Theatre


    In 2015, there were four deadly attacks on bloggers in Bangladesh and these chilling incidents highlight the risks for writers who exercise their right to free speech. Many international human rights organisations, including English PEN, have called for the government of Bangladesh to safeguard and defend freedom of expression and to end the culture of impunity. Marking the one year anniversary… Read more

  • Past Event: Prevent FOI restrictions: Briefing on FOI Commission consultation

    Wed 21 Oct 2015

    Free Word Lecture Theatre

    The Commission of Freedom of Information

    The Campaign for Freedom of Information and ARTICLE 19 are holding a briefing meeting for NGOs and media organisations on the consultation paper published by the Commission on Freedom of Information. The consultation suggests the Commission is considering sweeping changes to restrict the Freedom of Information Act. The meeting is to brief organisations that are proposing to respond to the consultation. … Read more