FSF partner the Convention on Modern Liberty

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The FSF are pleased to announce our agreement to be a partner organisation to the Convention on Modern Liberty which is taking place in London and across the UK on Saturday, February 28th, 2009. Steve Powell, FSF director of policy & campaigns, will speak on the London platform about issues which matter to football fans and the organisers are keen to encourage participation from football supporters.

Our involvement with the Convention on Modern Liberty occurred after Guardian journalist Henry Porter heard about the police’s draconian treatment of football fans under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act, and backed our Watching football is not a crime! campaign. Henry is co-director of the Convention on Modern Liberty.

The Convention is a call to all concerned with these attacks on our fundamental rights and freedoms and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the series. The FSF joins around fifty organisations and more than a hundred distinguished independent speakers, with widely ranging political views and interests, among them Philip Pullman, Billy Bragg, Lord Bingham, Brian Eno and David Davis MP.

The main event takes place in London, tickets for Modern Liberty can be purchased here, but parallel conventions also run in Manchester, Cambridge, Bristol, Belfast and Glasgow.