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About Ryan Gallagher

Ryan Gallagher is a freelance journalist based in London.

Articles by Ryan Gallagher

This week’s front page editor


Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Civil liberties, Britain and the US election

No matter the final outcome, the presidential race has already brought about grim prospects for the future of civil liberties in the US.

Lacking transparency? Can #OccupyLondon live up to its own demands

The Occupy protest site at St Paul's Cathedral has become a thriving community. But errors of judgment have left it lacking the same level of openness and accountability it seeks of others.

The media's wilful ignorance over England's riots

A brave speech from the football editor of The Times attacks journalists' collective failure to get to the truth behind the riots that erupted across England earlier this month.

'We were raised by a generation of hypocrites'

A 17-year-old rapper from south London explains the deep-seated anger he believes led to rioting across England last week.

UK authorities should not be given a communication 'killswitch'

In the aftermath of riots that have spread across England in recent days, prime minister David Cameron proposed blocking social networks during future disturbances. This would be a dangerous erosion of civil liberties.

UK journalists have spoken on 'Hackgate' - now give your views

One of the central hubs for British journalism has asked its members for their views on the News of the World hacking scandal. Read their responses here, and give your own opinions as a member of the public

A passion for change - LulzSec interview

A rare and candid interview conducted with Topiary, founding member of LulzSec and self-described ‘captain of the Lulz Boat’ – on becoming involved in hacktivism, fighting extortion claims, donating to Wikileaks, revolution, and the US government

OurKingdom forum: The fall of Murdoch - What next?

An ongoing forum in which OurKingdom authors consider why the fall of Rupert Murdoch has taken place, what it tells us about the state of Britain and what the key lesson are for the media and government.

Some kind of revolution

In Puerta del Sol, the camp’s peaceful and serious ethos seems to have won the demonstrators the respect of many older members of the Madrid community. Can it have lasting impact across the country?

Two arrests, a suspension, accusations of Islamophobia: Nottingham University must submit to a public enquiry

A professor was suspended earlier this month after publicly criticising the University of Nottingham's actions three years ago, over the arrest of a student and staff member on terrorism charges. Ryan Gallagher states the case for a public enquiry into the arrests of Sabir and Yezza, both released without charge, and the suspension of Dr Thornton

Scotland's perfect storm: a long-term SNP supporter reflects on Salmond's triumph

It's been a long journey since 1970, when the SNP gained its first MP in a general election, to the 5th of May, 2011, when the party won an unprecedented majority in the Scottish Parliament. After the historic result, Ryan Gallagher asks his father, a long-term SNP supporter, what does the future hold?

Reporting a riot in Britain: how the police spun the battle of Stokes Croft

Media coverage of unrest in the south west of England on Friday was littered with inaccuracies. The lackluster reporting illustrates why more and more young people are choosing to reject the mainstream media altogether, as they turn to social networks for information perceived as more reliable

Teargas and corpses: a photographer's journey to Libya and Bahrain

As unrest and revolution spread across the Arab world earlier this year, 21-year-old freelance photographer Michael Graae jumped onto a flight from London to Bahrain to document it. In the days that followed he witnessed the shocking horrors of the conflict and came face to face with pro-Gaddafi forces. Ryan Gallagher talked to him to discover the story behind his pictures

Baton charged by police: on the frontline with the Black Bloc

OurKingdom's Associate Editor Ryan Gallagher issues a warning to the police over how they behaved in the aftermath of the British TUC's Rally for the Alternative

Obama's broken promises

The resumption of trials in Guantanamo and his 'war on whistleblowers' highlight the mismatch between Obama's words and actions, argues Ryan Gallagher.

A visitor watches Bradley Manning's mental health deteriorate

David House is a 23-year-old computer researcher from Boston, Massachusetts. Since September 2010, he has been one of the few to regularly visit Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks. He has witnessed a disturbing degradation in Manning's health

PayPal’s corporate McCarthyism

Offering no explanation other than “internal policy”, PayPal yesterday froze the account of an organisation raising funds for Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning. We should be concerned when a company of such size and influence chooses to adopt an overtly political stance on so controversial an issue, says Ryan Gallagher

Nick Clegg must oppose his government's privatisation plans

At a speech earlier this month, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said he would take a hard line against the "blanket privatisation" of public services. In the wake of a new white paper proposing just that, now is the time for him to step out from the prime minster's shadow by sticking to his word.

"What has Wikileaks ever taught us?" ... Read on ...

How often have we been told in world-weary tones that Wikileaks has revealed nothing new - especially by those who want to appear to be in the know? Here is an aide-mémoire of a few of the highest profile revelations.

Bradley Manning is a UK citizen: we have a duty to help him

The American soldier accused of leaking classified military files is suffering abuses at the hands of US authorities. But in a new twist, his dual UK-US citizenship could entitle him to consular assistance that is urgently required

Oldham by-election: the Coalition's first test by ballot box ends in Labour victory

Ryan Gallagher gives a first-hand account of the Oldham by-election count, including a recording of the winning Labour candidate's acceptance speech.

Oldham by-election: the Coalition's first test

Tomorrow, the Oldham and Saddleworth by-election will test the Coalition at the ballot boxes for the first time. Ryan Gallagher lays out the electoral landscape in a constituency with a history of foul play and racial tension.

A secret grand jury against Assange is not "change we can believe in"

Wikileaks and the treatment of Bradley Manning have again revealed the gulf between Obama's idealistic rhetoric and the actions of the USA.

The Media, the police and protest: now both sides of the story can be reported

When a disabled protester was allegedly hauled from his wheelchair during last week's student protests, a BBC interview illustrated long standing problems with the media's treatment of protesters. However, the advent of camera-phones and social media websites mean the truth cannot be concealed for much longer.

Wikileaks: use it, exploit it, hold us to account

With the third week of the Cablegate saga looming, only 0.5% of the leaked embassy cables have so far entered the public domain. Following his reflection on the first few days of the crisis sparked by the leaks, Ryan Gallagher says now is the time for the British media to call the political establishment to account.

Wikileaks: the truth is not treason

As Cablegate continues to cause an international diplomatic storm, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange is now the target of a witch-hunt. But in the Age of the Internet, have the powerful finally met their match?

Decapitated dogs and burning bureaus: the year Kazakhstan did democracy

Kazakhstan’s 2010 chairmanship of the OSCE has not passed without controversy. Reforms promised at the beginning of the year never happened, press harassment continues and things could get worse when Kazakhstan is no longer in the glare of international scrutiny, laments Ryan Gallagher

Psychic TV: consciousness beyond matter (and OFCOM)

Ever had a funny feeling that we are not being looked after enough? A story of how distressed people are persuaded to waste their money on private service television

The Woolas judgement; lying about other candidates banned in UK elections

The trial of former Labour immigration minister Phil Woolas exposed the dark underbelly of British politics – but what could the guilty verdict mean for the future of campaigning?

Benedict bounce or Ratzinger regrets?

Many issues were raised by Pope Benedict's four day state-visit to the UK, but his speeches relied heavily on bogus and well trampled stereotypes.
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