UK Law Enforcement Demanding Guardian's Sources On News Of The World Hacking Scandal [Updated]

from the journalist-shields? dept

There's been a growing attack on the right of journalists to keep their sources secret. In the US, we've seen attempts to expose newspaper sources using the Espionage Act, and it appears that over in the UK something similar is happening. Scotland Yard is apparently demanding that The Guardian reveal its sources for its thorough and widespread reporting on the News of the World phone hacking scandal. This would be the same UK law enforcement folks who were alerted to the phone hacking and chose to ignore it... while The Guardian pushed on doing the reporting to expose it. To then pressure The Guardian to give up its sources certainly has the feeling of attacking the guys who exposed Scotland Yard's failures in investigating News of the World earlier... Update: Looks like the press attention to this story has caused Scotland Yard to back down. Still, it seems like this could create serious chilling effects for UK press.


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    The eejit (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 3:15pm

    Correction, that's been dropped (possibly to prevent repercussions from coming back onto lots of people in power right now.)

     

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    A Dan (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 3:55pm

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    Sam (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 3:56pm

    MPs are also holding an inquiry into why exactly the attempt was made in the first place... though the inquiry is being held in secret.

     

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    Richard (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 3:57pm

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    Yes - although the Guardian editor said on the radio this morning that the police have only dropped the official secrets act approach - they are still trying to find the source by other means.

     

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    Chosen Reject (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 4:09pm

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    So what if they dropped the case. That they brought the case at all is news.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 4:40pm

    As many have already pointed out, the inquiry was dropped due to a shitstorm of bad PR. It appears that the outcry was so loud that even some MPs heard, way up in their ivory tower made of false expense claims. The senior Met official who decided to drop the inquiry has been called before the Commons Home Affairs Committee to explain himself. They're not questioning his decision to pursue a freedom of the press destroying investigation. Rather, they want him to explain what further steps have been taken by the Met to prevent leaks by their officers.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15006572

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 5:13pm

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    I hear some ex-employees of News of the World have some skills at hacking into peoples voicemails to get information. Maybe they should speak with them?

     

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    abc gum, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 5:54pm

    The investigation will continue with a more covert approach because the rich elite ruling class can not tolerate such insolence from the peons.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 7:47pm

    The U.K. Should join China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on their internet-code-of-conduct proposal at the U.N. LoL

    http://blog.internetgovernance.org/pdf/UN-infosec-code.pdf

     

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    PaulT (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 1:48am

    Glad to see they've backed down. The Guardian seems to be one of the few newspapers left in the world that's actually interested in investigative journalism and retain some morals. It would be a shame if they were forced to violate trust and possibly put off people coming forward to expose future scandals.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Sep 22nd, 2011 @ 8:24am

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    "The Guardian seems to be one of the few newspapers left in the world that's actually interested in investigative journalism"

    That does tend to piss off politicians.

    Getting to the truth and not just quoting press releases. How dare they!! don't they know their place?

     

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    Bashir (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 7:51am

    tolerate

    The investigation will continue with a more covert approach because the rich elite ruling class can not tolerate such insolence from the peons

     

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