Political

Lib Dems press for law protecting journalistic sources from police

Good move from Julian Huppert and Nick Clegg:

Nick Clegg is urging the government to quickly pass a law to protect journalists’ sources from police surveillance amid signs that the Home Office is dragging its feet on the commitment.

It has recently emerged that the police have systematically been using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to require phone companies to hand over phone records and internet email logs of reporters, which has had the effect of discouraging both whistleblowing and challenging journalism…

Clegg will support amendments to the serious crime bill, due to be tabled on Wednesday by the Liberal Democrat backbencher Julian Huppert, to ensure police cannot access journalists’ records without a judicial warrant.

There’s more on the story in Julian’s piece for The Guardian, and it’s a reminder too of why we need to keep Julian Huppert in Parliament:

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