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EU, UK online content laws will harm free speech, warns Index on Censorship chief

By Nicholas Wallace and Sam Clark
  • 23 Dec 2021 05:47
  • 23 Dec 2021 09:20
Online content regulations in the EU and UK risk worsening censorship on platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, while failing properly to address online harassment, the head of a free speech pressure group has warned.

Ruth Smeeth, chief executive of Index on Censorship, said the EU’s Digital Services Act would requir

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Nicholas Wallace


Nicholas Wallace has covered data privacy and security for MLex in Brussels since November 2021. Prior to joining MLex, he worked as a freelance reporter for Science Magazine, Science|Business, and International News Services, an agency serving trade publications worldwide. He holds a masters degree in public policy, jointly awarded by the Central European University in Budapest and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, and a bachelors degree in politics from Liverpool John Moores University.

Sam Clark


Sam has covered data privacy and security in the UK and Ireland for MLex since November 2021. He previously covered data protection for trade publication Global Data Review, as well as reporting on technology, media and telecoms businesses for S&P Global. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in journalism, both from the University of Kent.

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