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Met police try to seize Guardian source materials

17 September 2011

The Metropolitan police want to use the Official Secrets Act to force Guardian reporters to disclose their phone-hacking sources.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"This is a very serious threat to journalists and the NUJ will fight off this vicious attempt to use the Official Secrets Act to force journalists to disclose their sources on hacking. Journalists have investigated the hacking story and told the truth to the public, they should be congratulated rather than being hounded and criminalised by the state.
"Attempts to confiscate information provided by sources violates the freedom of the press and damages the preconditions of an open and democratic society.
"The protection of sources is an essential principle that has been repeatedly reaffirmed by the European Court of Human Rights as the cornerstone of press freedom and the NUJ shall defend it. In 2007, a judge made it clear that journalists and their sources are protected under article 10 of the Human Rights Act and it applies to leaked material.
"The use of the Official Secrets Act is a disgraceful attempt to get round this existing judgement."

The Guardian: Hacking: Met use Official Secrets Act to demand Guardian reveals sources

Tags: , guardian, newspapers, metropolitan police, protection of sources, confidentiality, press freedom, official secrets act, phone hacking, echr