Category Archives: Media freedom

Police tracked Sun calls to unmask news sources

Police circumvented a law that protected journalists’ sources to secretly examine journalists’ phone records, using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Press Gazette, September 2014). Read more

Three whistleblowing officers were sacked as a result – despite escaping prosecution on public interest grounds. The Metropolitan Police defended the action. Read more

Liberty said unfettered use of the power was a worry for free speech. Read more

Terror laws ‘a threat to journalists’ – watchdog

Terrorism laws could be used against political journalists and bloggers, an independent watchdog warned (Guadian, August 2014). Read more

Press Gazette law writer Cleland Thom responded with a list of other laws that could be used to constrain media freedom, here

The 2014 report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation is here

Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018. 

Public interest reporting ‘weakened by new laws’

Journalism will suffer because of a narrowing of the legal definition of public interest – a protection against tyranny and abuse of power – said Press Gazette’s law writer (July 2014). Read more

Note: this story was uploaded to Media Law Matters before the implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation directive, which toughens up data protection law, from May 2018.