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Shami Chakrabarti, the former head of Liberty and Labour peer, joins Big Brother Watch director Silkie Carlo to discuss the changing landscape for civil liberties and human rights post-Covid-19.

Shami joined Liberty the day before the 9/11 attacks, which changed the civil liberties debate for a generation. In this podcast, Shami and Silkie discuss the lessons from campaigning for rights post-9/11 and the new battle for liberty.

Can we truly reverse states of emergency? How did we become ruled by ministerial decree? Can we stop this becoming a “new normal”? This in-depth discussion explores the Coronavirus Act, the UK’s lockdown, expanding surveillance and the exacerbation of inequality.

Big Brother Watch is a UK civil liberties campaign group fighting for a free future. We’re a fiercely independent, diverse, non-partisan and non-profit group who work to roll back the surveillance state, defend free speech, and protect rights at a time of huge change.

Our work relies on the generosity of people like you who care about civil liberties in the UK. If you can support us, please do visit https://bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/donate/ to support this podcast and our work.

Watch the video interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_cK9OaB9tw

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