Save Our Sources

By Freddy Mayhew | 11 May 2016
Leaked internal emails have exposed Police Scotland’s unlawful attempts to access Sunday Mail journalists’ sources despite the nation’s police chief denying the incident to parliamentarians.
By Dominic Ponsford | 20 Apr 2016
The use of legislation brought in to fight terrorism and serious crime against journalists has seen the UK slip four places down the World Press Freedom Index.
By Dominic Ponsford | 08 Apr 2016
Various Conservative MPs have repeated an apparent cut-and-paste response to concerns raised by journalists about the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill.
By Ciara Bottomley | 01 Apr 2016
From phone-hacking to parliamentary expenses, it’s fair to say that public trust in our institutions has taken a blow over the past few years.
By John Mersh | 16 Mar 2016
Deputy chief constable Neil Richardson OBE, who was second in command at Police Scotland when his force tried to unlawfully access journalists’ sources, has stepped down after 30 years of service.
By John Reynolds | 16 Mar 2016
The Government needs to do “further work” on its so-called snooper’s charter bill to win the trust of journalists, according to Andy Burnham, the shadow home secretary of the Labour Party which yesterday rejected the bill in a House of Commons debate.
By Dominic Ponsford | 15 Mar 2016
The Sun today sided with the Labour Party and urged Conservative MPs to reject the Investigatory Powers Bill because it fails to protect journalists' sources.
By Dominic Ponsford | 11 Mar 2016
The National Union of Journalists has urged its members to write to their MPs ahead of the second reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill on 15 March.
By William Turvill | 11 Feb 2016
He accepted issues have stemmed in part from the Leveson Inquiry, Operation Elveden and police use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to find journalists' sources.
By William Turvill | 09 Feb 2016
Laws to protect journalistic material are not "applied consistently" in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill and should be improved on, a parliamentary inquiry has concluded.
By Dominic Ponsford | 05 Feb 2016
So if a journalist illegally listens to the voicemails of a celebrity they can expect dawn raids, years on bail, an Old Bailey trial and a stretch in Belmarsh.
By Dominic Ponsford | 04 Feb 2016
A Sun reporter whose phone records were illegally obtained by the Metropolitan Police has been granted no compensation by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
By Bill Goodwin | 02 Feb 2016
Journalist Nicky Hager was working in Auckland when the police raided his Wellington home.
By Dominic Ponsford | 22 Jan 2016
Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted that sometimes police may have been "a little over zealous" in their use of spying powers to uncover confidential journalistic sources.
By William Turvill | 20 Jan 2016
Appearing before the Independent Commission of Freedom of Information, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) reserved particular criticism for requests asking about forces' use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to identify journalists' sources.
By Dominic Ponsford | 20 Jan 2016
Civil rights group Liberty has said the Government needs to rewrite the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill in the light of a landmark press freedom court of appeal judgment yesterday.
By Dominic Ponsford | 19 Jan 2016
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the Met Police breached European Law when they datained the partner of a Guardian journalist for nine hours under the Terriorism Act.
By William Turvill | 19 Jan 2016
The prime minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, is reportedly considering changing the law in relation to journalists' phone records.
By William Turvill | 14 Jan 2016
According to the Irish Times, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) obtained the phone records after the friend of a deceased model, Katy French, complained about alleged police information leaks.
By Paul Charman | 13 Jan 2016
Journalists should challenge threats of a “new snoopers’ charter” contained in the Government’s draft investigatory powers bill, drawn up in part to fight terrorism, because it gives the state “a blank cheque” to spy on citizens and threatens investigative journalism.

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