David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport. He was questioned under a U.K. anti-terrorism law and his laptop, cellphone and other electronic devices were confiscated.
It gets even worse: Yesterday we learned that British authorities seized and destroyed computers at the Guardian's London headquarters in retribution for the outlet's reporting on Edward Snowden, whose leaks revealed unchecked surveillance programs in the United States and Great Britain.
But it is also just the tip of the iceberg. In recent months authorities in the U.S. have undertaken a troubling campaign to threaten and intimidate journalists and whistleblowers who try to hold our leaders accountable. The Justice Department has been caught spying on journalists from the Associated Press and went so far as to label a Fox News journalist a “co-conspirator” in a leak investigation.
Right now, the DoJ is trying to force a New York Times reporter to reveal the source of another leak — and threatening him with jail time if he doesn’t comply.
And because of her own reporting on national security and surveillance, journalist Laura Poitras — who has been working with Glenn Greenwald on the NSA revelations — has been detained by U.S. authorities more than 40 times.
Ultimately, this isn’t about individual journalists or any specific case. It is about our rights to share information, make media and hold our leaders accountable. It is about journalism’s role at the center of our democracy, exposing information our leaders would rather keep hidden.
End the Intimidation: Stop the Attacks on Journalists and Their Families!
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