Journalists in Scotland subjected to threats and censorship, says new report.

Scotland is named and shamed in a new report on press freedom that documents media censorship and attacks and threats to journalists across the world. The Mapping Media Freedom report by Index On Censorship reveals that journalists face regular harassment, legal sanctions and jail for doing their job, even in supposed democracies. Some of the…

pollution

Named: eight outsiders who helped pollution watchdog hire staff

An economic development agency, drinks companies and senior government officials have all helped Scotland’s pollution watchdog select its senior staff. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has named eight external advisers who have joined interview panels for top jobs. Two – senior Scottish Government official George Burgess and the whisky industry’s Morag Garden – have each…

Police Scotland car | CC | Steven Straiton

Critics brand terms of reference for spycops review as an “insult”

An organisation seeking the truth over the undercover policing scandal has branded the terms of reference for a forthcoming review as an “insult to our intelligence”. Undercover Research Group – a group exposing police spies who abused their powers – commented as HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) today published his terms of…

private finance

SNP private finance schemes are not a rip-off, says Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that the SNP’s private finance schemes are not “a rip-off” following questions raised in a joint investigation by The Ferret and The Guardian. The First Minister has defended her government’s non-profit distributing (NPD) schemes as “much more cost effective” for taxpayers than previous governments’ private finance initiative (PFI) projects. But she…

Serco plays Santa

It is the multi-national accused of providing slum-like, overcrowded accommodation to refugees. But now Serco, which provides flats to asylum seekers across Glasgow under a £60 million Home Office contract, claims it it showing its kinder side by putting on a Santa’s grotto event for refugee children. Complaints about Serco sparked a Home Affairs Select…