• April 16, 2012

    Since 2000, 55 journalists in Mexico have been killed. Most of them brutally shot or tortured for doing their job. Maria Elizabeth Macia Castro from the city of Nuevo Laredo wrote online under the pseudonym ‘The Girl from Laredo’, reporting the activities of criminal groups in her area. She used Twitter to push the information she uncovered to a wider audience.

  • November 24, 2011

    Occupy London supporters have called for "calm and responsible reporting" after a sensationalist London Evening Standard story about drugs and infection.

  • November 9, 2010

    Alcohol is the most dangerous drug in our society, and present UK drug classification systems bear little relation to the evidence of harm, according to a drugs expert sacked by the last government. Bob Carling probes behind the headlines and politics to look at the science policy issues and human concerns.

  • August 20, 2010

    The Home Office idea of withdrawing benefits from claimants with illegal drug or alcohol problems who do not turn up for treatment might seem at first glance reasonable, says Savi Hensman. But despite its popular appeal, in the end the result will be disastrous.

  • July 27, 2010

    Two interesting things happened last week that directly affected my neighbours – those whom the biblical message enjoins me to love. First, the California Affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) endorsed Proposition 19. This is a ballot initiative to legalise recreational use of marijuana. Second, the Economist magazine published an article on mass incarceration in the United States entitled ‘Rough Justice,’ with the subheading “America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal.”

  • July 21, 2010

    The British evangelical Christian development agency Tearfund says that criminalising drug addiction in Russia is fuelling the spread of HIV.

  • April 4, 2010

    Government drug policy descended further into farce over the Bank Holiday, as a seventh expert resigned from a key advisory group citing "media and political pressure".

  • March 29, 2010

    The prohibition on open debate about drugs policy in Britain and globally has not yet disappeared, says Mick Moore. But it must end. We need informed, expert opinion and a move from the 'prohibition' versus 'legalisation' stand-off towards humane control and regulation.

  • March 29, 2010

    A sixth senior drugs adviser has resigned from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs over the government's persistent refusal to listen to experts properly when formulating policy.

  • December 11, 2009

    Over the next few months the Church of Scotland will urge members of congregations to write to alcohol producers and their MSPs in support of the minimum pricing proposals contained in the Alcohol Bill.