12 episodes

Speechbag is a podcast that focuses on human rights and democracy issues across Europe. It is brought to you by Liberties, an EU-wide civil liberties watchdog.

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    • Arts

Speechbag is a podcast that focuses on human rights and democracy issues across Europe. It is brought to you by Liberties, an EU-wide civil liberties watchdog.

    Qatargate, Corruption And A ‘Culture Of Impunity’

    Qatargate, Corruption And A ‘Culture Of Impunity’

    Nicholas Aiossa, Deputy Director of Transparency International – EU, discusses the bribery and money laundering scandal that’s shaken the European Parliament and how to clean up its ‘culture of impunity’.

    • 34 min
    Born In Italy – But Never Italian?

    Born In Italy – But Never Italian?

    Some 900,000 children born, raised and schooled in Italy are nevertheless denied Italian citizenship. They are denied recognition from the only home they’ve ever known. Why? Because their parents aren’t Italian.

    The Speechbag podcast talked to Oiza Queens Day Obasuyi, a junior researcher and program assistant at the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights, about the push to reform Italy's citizenship law - and what the new right-wing government means for their campaign. 

    • 33 min
    EU’s Big Step To Rein In Big Tech — And What Comes Next

    EU’s Big Step To Rein In Big Tech — And What Comes Next

    ​The internet is changing – for the better. Last week, the EU passed the Digital Services Act (DSA), landmark legislation to restore users’ rights and rein in the dangerous business practices of Big Tech.

    The new rules will put you in charge of what you see and what you share. MEP Alexandra Geese and Eliska Pirkova of Access Now join the Speechbag podcast to discuss what the DSA means for you. The highlights: more safeguards for your data, limits on targeted advertising and so-called dark patterns, and clearer rules for removing illegal content. 

    • 38 min
    The Secret Meetings, Lobbying, and 'Horse Trading' of EU Lawmaking

    The Secret Meetings, Lobbying, and 'Horse Trading' of EU Lawmaking

    The EU may be a beacon of democracy, but its laws are still being finalized in secretive meetings that are closed to the public. But they’re not closed to lobbyists, meaning Big Tech and others have the last word.

    Guests: 
    European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly
    Max Bank - LobbyControl

    • 36 min
    'We Must Not Feed Our Inner Putin'

    'We Must Not Feed Our Inner Putin'

    As the war in Ukraine and the results of the Hungarian elections make clear, the need to protect media freedom and the rule of law is at a critical juncture in Europe. Far from waning, authoritarian tendencies are becoming even stronger.

    And, at the EU’s doorstep, we see with horror the consequences of unchecked authoritarianism.
    German MEP Sergey Lagodinsky joins the Speechbag podcast to discuss concrete steps for protecting civil society and rule of law in Europe. And he speaks of the need for the EU to “de-Putinize” itself and stand united not only on sanctions but on the importance of strong democracies and free and plural societies.
    “We should not forget that we have our own Putin, and we should not be feeding our own Putin in ourselves,” he tells Speechbag.

    • 25 min
    Do mandatory vaccinations violate human rights?

    Do mandatory vaccinations violate human rights?

    Many European countries have considered mandatory vaccination schemes, and some, like Austria, are pushing ahead with them. 

    That's brought protesters into the streets by the thousands. They claim mandatory vaccines violate human rights. But do human rights groups agree? 

    Orsolya Reich, a senior advocacy officer at Liberties, joins the Speechbag podcast to discuss why this is not necessarily a human rights issue. 

    • 19 min

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