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The Independent - United Kingdom | Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Anti-terror strike an attack on press freedom

The British police have confiscated the laptop of BBC journalist Secunder Kermani on the grounds that the latter was communicating with British members of the IS, it emerged on Wednesday. This harsh approach undermines the fight against terror, the centre-left daily The Independent rails: "Under the Terrorism Act 2000, police can breach the privilege between a journalist and their source. ... Such pressure constitutes an affront to journalism's foundational principles, and to the public interest itself. The debate over how to respond to the threat of Isis, as well as manage returnees, will not be aided by such heavy-handedness, and public policy will be the worse for it. Mr Kermani has a right to report without a threat to him or his sources. And we have a right to know."

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