Is America Next?: New Police Powers Curb Press Freedom, Officers Allowed To Confiscate Journalistic Materials..Submitted by emalvini on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 13:15
Is America Next?: New Police Powers Curb Press Freedom, Officers Allowed To Confiscate Journalistic Materials
Sweeping measures allow officers to demand information from sources
Changes may also see journalists forced to reveal whistleblowers' identities
Worries over the affect new rules will have on freedom of speech
By JACK DOYLE
PUBLISHED: 19:23 EST, 14 February 2013
UPDATED: 19:26 EST, 14 February 2013
Police are set to be given powers to confiscate confidential material from reporters, sparking fears over press freedom in the UK. File picture
Police are set to be given new powers to seize confidential material from journalists.
In a worrying blow to Press freedom, the changes may also mean journalists will be forced to identify whistleblowers to the police.
Critics said the Home Office proposals, which follow recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson, would undermine investigative journalism and free speech.