EU cautions UK about freedom of expression, media

In a letter sent from Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland to the UK's Home Secretary Theresa May, Jagland requested that information be provided regarding reports that the British government threatened the Guardian newspaper.

EU cautions UK about freedom of expression, media

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In a letter sent to the UK's Home Secretary Theresa May, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland requested that information be provided regarding reports that the British government threatened the Guardian newspaper.

In the letter dated August 21, 2013, Jagland conveys, “I am writing with regard to two recent events in the United Kingdom in relation to freedom of expression and the media. The first is the reported detention of David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greewald, by police at Heathrow Airport. This detention was apparently linked to the Guardian's publication of stories based on documents leaked by the American whistleblower Edward Snowden. The second was the reported destruction of computer hard drives at the Guardian, apparently under the instruction of government officials.”

Expressing that “These measures, if confirmed, may have a potentially chilling effect on journalists' freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights,” Jagland requests that May provide information and explanations regarding reported threats against the Guardian.

Reports emerged that the UK government threatened to commence legal action against the Guardian in the case that it did not destroy the documents leaked by former US National Security Agency (NSA) systems analyst Edward Snowden.

Guardian Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger wrote in a recent article that, after the newspaper published several documents leaked by Snowden, British authorities visited the Guardian's London office last month and destroyed the hard drives of computers containing Snowden's leaked documents.

The incident was revealed after Davis Miranda, the partner of American journalist and Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, was held in detention at Heathrow Airport for 9 hours last Sunday. The computer, mobile phone and memory cards of Brazilian citizen Miranda were confiscated when he was detained.

In the statement which American journalist Greenwald, who had previously met with Snowden in Hong Kong, released after Miranda's detention at Heathrow airport, he claimed that he had in his possession important documents about the UK's espionage system and would publish them.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ağustos 2013, 15:17
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