Gaurdian/UK spy agency scooped up emails of journalists

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – British Government Communication Headquarter (GCHQ) surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working for some of the largest international media outlets, based on documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Intelligence documents revealed by Snowden also shows that a GCHQ information security assessment listed “investigative journalists” as a threat in a hierarchy alongside terrorists or hackers.

Senior editors and lawyers in the UK have called for the urgent introduction of a freedom of expression law amid growing concern over safeguards proposed by ministers to meet concerns over the police use of surveillance powers linked to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (Ripa).

More than 100 editors, including those from all the national newspapers, have signed a letter, coordinated by the Society of Editors and Press Gazette, to the UK prime minister, David Cameron, protesting at snooping on journalists’ communications.


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