U.S. spying: action against newspapers

British Prime Minister David Cameron

October 28, 2013

UK PM threatens to act against papers over Snowden leaks

British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that the government may take action against newspapers which publish “damaging” intelligence leaks from American whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday, Cameron suggested that the UK government could impose court injunctions on papers or use D-notices in order to prevent the publication of documents revealing US espionage activities. 

He also said it would be very difficult for the government to “stand back” if the press did not show enough restraint on reporting the US National Security Agency (NSA) leaked files. 

“If they (newspapers) don’t demonstrate some social responsibility it will be very difficult for government to stand back and not to act,” Cameron told MPs.

Moreover, the British premier said the daily Guardian had “gone on” to print “damaging” data following an initial agreement to destroy other sensitive material. 

Cameron’s remarks came in reply to a question from Conservative MP Julian Smith on reports that secrets leaked by former CIA employee have hampered the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies. 

Earlier in June, Snowden leaked two top secret US government spying programs, under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft. 

The US intelligence whistleblower also admitted his role in the leaks in a 12-minute video recorded interview published by the Guardian. 

A month later, the paper reported that it had been forced by authorities in Britain to destroy the classified documents it received from former NSA contractor. 

Earlier this month, Cameron said the NSA files, leaked by Snowden to the newspaper, have damaged the UK’s national security. 

Speaking during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons, he also urged MPs to investigate whether the paper has broken the law by publishing the classified documents. 

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http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/28/331820/uk-pm-warns-papers-over-snowden-leaks/

Photo: British Prime Minister David Cameron

About kruitvat

I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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2 Responses to U.S. spying: action against newspapers

  1. kruitvat says:

    European Charter on Freedom of the Press

    On May 25th, 2009 48 editors-in-chief and leading journalists from 19 countries adopted and signed the “European Charter on Freedom of the Press” in Hamburg.

    In ten articles, the charter formulates principles for the freedom of the press from government interference – in particular for their right to safety from surveillance, electronic eavesdropping and searches of editorial departments and computers, and to unimpeded access for journalists and citizens to all domestic and foreign sources of information

    The goal is to assert the charter’s validity across Europe and to make its adoption a condition in EU accession negotiations. The charta was handed over to the European Commission in Brussels on June 9th 2009 and to the Council of Europe in Luxembourg on October 26th 2009.

    Press release European Commission

    Press release Council of Europe

    Excerpt from the speech of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, on the occasion of the celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of Bertelsmann on 16 September 2010

    Ideally, journalists all over Europe will be able to cite the charter in cases of conflict with the state or with state-controlled institutions, and to call on their international colleagues for help and support.

    European Charter on Freedom of the Press

    Article 1
    Freedom of the press is essential to a democratic society. To uphold and protect it, and to respect its diversity and its political, social and cultural missions, is the mandate of all governments.

    Article 2
    Censorship is impermissible. Independent journalism in all media is free of persecution and repression, without a guarantee of political or regulatory interference by government. Press and online media shall not be subject to state licensing.

    Article 3
    The right of journalists and media to gather and disseminate information and opinions must not be threatened, restricted or made subject to punishment.

    Article 4
    The protection of journalistic sources shall be strictly upheld. Surveillance of, electronic eavesdropping on or searches of newsrooms, private rooms or journalists’ computers with the aim of identifying sources of information or infringing on editorial confidentiality are unacceptable.

    Article 5
    All states must ensure that the media have the full protection of the law and the authorities while carrying out their role. This applies in particular to defending journalists and their employees from harassment and/or physical attack. Threats to or violations of these rights must be carefully investigated and punished by the judiciary.

    Article 6
    The economic livelihood of the media must not be endangered by the state or by state-controlled institutions. The threat of economic sanctions is also unacceptable. Private-sector companies must respect the journalistic freedom of the media. They shall neither exert pressure on journalistic content nor attempt to mix commercial content with journalistic content.

    Article 7
    State or state-controlled institutions shall not hinder the freedom of access of the media and journalists to information. They have a duty to support them in their mandate to provide information.

    Article 8
    Media and journalists have a right to unimpeded access to all news and information sources, including those from abroad. For their reporting, foreign journalists should be provided with visas, accreditation and other required documents without delay.

    Article 9
    The public of any state shall be granted free access to all national and foreign media and sources of information.

    Article 10
    The government shall not restrict entry into the profession of journalism.

    http://www.pressfreedom.eu/en/index.php

  2. kruitvat says:

    International spying: British intelligence has had access to PRISM since 2010

    7 Jun 2013

    We said that yesterday’s reports about PRISM were probably just the tip of the iceberg, but we didn’t really expect the iceberg would be international. Yesterday, The Washington Post detailed an NSA program called PRISM, which supposedly collects data from a number of big name internet companies (though most deny it), and today The Guardian is saying that British intelligence has had access to PRISM since 2010.

    The Guardian says it has obtained documents that show that The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been accessing PRISM data since June 2010. GCHQ is a British intelligence agency responsible for providing signals intelligence and information assurance to the UK government and armed forces. The documents apparently show that last year alone GCHQ created 197 reports using the data obtained from PRISM.

    The Guardian also says that “special programmes” are in place to help GCHQ process the information obtained through PRISM, which seems to indicate that only a selection, or filtered data set is being passed to Britain. In a statement to The Guardian, GCHQ says it:
    takes its obligations under the law very seriously. Our work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the interception and intelligence services commissioners and the intelligence and security committee
    After yesterday’s reports, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, also released a statement, which seemed to admit some sort of data collection is happening, but claimed that the reports had “numerous inaccuracies” and asserts that the U.S. government has never “wittingly” collect data on U.S. citizens.

    The Guardian quotes another senior U.S. administration official as saying:
    The programme is subject to oversight by the foreign intelligence surveillance court, the executive branch, and Congress. It involves extensive procedures, specifically approved by the court, to ensure that only non-US persons outside the US are targeted, and that minimise the acquisition, retention and dissemination of incidentally acquired information about US persons.
    source: The Guardian

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/International-spying-British-intelligence-has-had-access-to-PRISM-since-2010_id43801

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