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Is America Next?: New Police Powers Curb Press Freedom, Officers Allowed To Confiscate Journalistic Materials..

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.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2278923/New-police-p...

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