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Stanistreet condemns 'outrageous criminalisation of sources' after police seize phone data

2 September 2014

Following the report in Press Gazette today revealing The Sun's political editor Tom Newton Dunn's mobile phone records and call data to the newsdesk were seized by police to expose journalistic sources, NUJ general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, said:

"Instances like this amount to the outrageous criminalisation of sources who have taken the decision that information they are in receipt of deserves to come to the attention of the public. If whistleblowers believe that material they pass to journalists can be accessed in this way – without even the journalists and newspaper knowing about it - they will understandably think twice about making that call. The Met’s actions here have been to pursue witch-hunts of their own staff, with clearly not a jot of interest in the wider damage they are causing to public trust in journalism. It is an outrageous abuse of their position which needs urgent addressing."

Read the story: Police seized journalists' phone records in order to out Plebgate whistleblowers, Press Gazette

Update:

Plebgate: Met obtained phone records of Sun political editor without consent
Tom Newton Dunn said to be unaware of intervention which led to arrest of officer on suspicion of leaking information to paper - Tuesday 2 September 2014

Met refuses to disclose number of times it obtained journalist phone records
Scotland Yard investigating police mole in Plebgate saga seized records of Sun political editor without consent - Wednesday 3 September 2014

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