04 The Right to Freedom of Expression

Article 19

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Directed by Doug Aubrey

17 years ago, Aamer Anwar, was beaten up by the police and told, “This is what happens to black boys with big mouths.”

Aamer took on the police and judiciary in a private prosecution and won his case.

17 years on and Aamer, now Scotland’s leading human rights lawyer, is in trouble for speaking out on behalf of his client, Atif Siddique in Scotland’s first Islamist terrorist trial.

He is the first solicitor ever charged in the UK with Contempt of Court.

If found guilty, the case could have serious implications for all legal representatives, not only in the UK and across Europe, but also for anyone who dares to speak out against the state.

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