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Journalists protest at police use of anti-terror laws

by Guy Smallman
Issue No. 2125

Jeremy Dear with Roy Mincoss, NUJ legal officer (Pic:» Guy Smallman )

Jeremy Dear with Roy Mincoss, NUJ legal officer (Pic: » Guy Smallman)

Jeremy Dear, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), instigated a meeting on Tuesday with Vernon Coaker, the minister of state for security, counter-terrorism and policing.

Journalists are concerned at the way police use of counter-terrorism measures is curtailing press freedom.

The case of Shiv Malik highlights the problem. The Manchester-based journalist was writing a book about terrorism.

The police used these laws to try and seize his research material, which could have compromised his sources.

A judicial review overturned the order, which would have set a dangerous precedent.

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Tue 28 Oct 2008, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2125
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