Engelse journalisten afgeluisterd

The National Union of Journalists has told parliament that police misuse of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to snoop on journalists and their sources is “systemic and institutionalised” and is doing “irreparable damage” to the industry.

Michelle Stanistreet, the NUJ’s general secretary, told the home affairs select committee that police were routinely bypassing the need for judicial scrutiny to discover journalistic sources by using Ripa to go through phone records and other data.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the committee, said he had “concerns” about the use of the act, passed in 2000 and repeated calls for a review. He called for the inquiry after it emerged that police investigating the former MP Chris Huhne’s speeding fraud secretly obtained a Mail on Sunday reporter’s phone records without his consent. It also emerged that policeinvestigating the Plebgate saga obtained the telephone records of the political editor of the Sun, Tom Newton Dunn.

Stanistreet said these stories were just the “tip of the iceberg”, with several police authorities dragging their heels over Freedom of Information requests about their use of such powers.

| 05/11/2014 11:10