Brexit, journalism and human rights

Of the many issues remaining to be addressed as the UK and EU-27 countries begin Brexit negotiations is the question of human rights and how they will be impacted by the UK’s divorce from the EU. The UK’s separation from the EU means separation from the European Court of Justice, and may presage leaving the European Court of Human Rights as well.

What role will journalism play in this process?

In the past the UK press has had a fraught relationship with the notion of ‘human rights’, with many leading national papers questioning the value of human rights as enshrined in law. 

Will significant sections of the UK press continue to argue for  the scrapping of the Human Rights Act post-Brexit, or will they recognise that Article 10 provides numerous safeguards for responsible journalism and thus protects press freedom?

We will be joined by journalists, human rights law experts and media analysts to discuss the role journalism will play as the Brexit leads human rights in the UK into an uncertain future.

This event is presented in partnership with the Knowing our Rights Project at Brunel University London.


  • Zoe Williams is an English journalist, columnist and author
  • Julian Petley is professor of Screen Media and Journalism in the School of Arts at Brunel University
  • Kirsty Brimelow QC is a prominent human rights barrister, who is the Head of the International Human Rights team at Doughty Street Chambers
  • Roy Greenslade (chair)is one of Britain’s foremost media teachers. He is a leading commentator and columnist on the media, and currently blogs for The Guardian.

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