CPJ: China Third in Highest Number of Jailed Journalists There has been a worldwide increase in the number of jailed journalists, according to New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
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* Guardian newspaper editor summoned to parliament
* Accused by some of helping terrorists by publishing leaks
* Snowden files exposed extent of government surveillance
* Senior police officer says considering investigation (Recasts with possibility of criminal investigation)
"It appears possible once we look at the material that some people may have committed offences," Dick said. "We need to establish whether they have or they haven't."
David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald who brought the Snowden leaks to world attention, was questioned under anti-terrorism law when he landed at London's Heathrow Airport en route from Berlin to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and computer material he was carrying was seized.
Lawmakers put it to Rusbridger that he had committed an offence under Section 58A of the Terrorism Act which says it is a crime to publish or communicate any information about members of the armed forces or intelligence services.
"It isn't only about what you've published, it's about what you've communicated. That is what amounts, or can amount, to a criminal offence," said committee member Michael Ellis."
"Two United Nations independent experts on freedom of expression and human rights and counter-terrorism announced today they had requested further information from the United Kingdom on the recent detention of David Miranda, partner of the Guardian journalist, Glenn Greenwald, at Heathrow Airport, London, and the reported destruction of computer hard drives by British officials at the Guardian newspaper.
"The protection of national security secrets must never be used as an excuse to intimidate the press into silence and backing off from its crucial work in the clarification of human rights violations," the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, stressed. "The press plays a central role in the clarification of human rights abuses."
"It is clear that the revelations on the extensive mass surveillance initiatives implemented by some Governments needs to be widely debated," Mr. La Rue said. "The intimidation of journalists and newspapers questioning alleged abuses by intelligence bodies is certainly not a contribution to the open debate that needs to take place."
"... your appearance before the Commons today strikes me as something quite different in purpose and dangerously pernicious: an attempt by the highest UK authorities to shift the issue from government policies and excessive government secrecy in the United States and Great Britain to the conduct of the press -- which has been quite admirable and responsible in the case of the Guardian , particularly, and the way it has handled information initially provided by Mr Snowden.
I ndeed, generally speaking, the record of journalists, in Britain and the United States in handling genuine national security information since World War II, without causing harm to our democracies or giving up genuine secrets to real enemies, is far more responsible than the over-classification, disingenuousness, and (sometimes) outright lying by a series of governments, prime ministers and presidents when it comes to information that rightly ought to be known and debated in a free society. Especially in recent years.
You are being called to testify at a moment when governments in Washington and London seem intent on erecting the most serious (and self-serving) barriers against legitimate news reporting -- especially of excessive government secrecy -- we have seen in decades...