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Summary: Further details about the crackdown on investigative journalism down in London
FINALLY we have some more facts. Jeremy Heywood, “a senior British civil servant who has been the Cabinet Secretary since 1 January 2012″ according to Wikipedia, was the lapdog of David Cameron in the fight against journalists in the UK. As The Guardian showed in recent articles [2,3], we in Britain fail to antagonise government abuse the same way US citizens do and Annie Machon, an MI5 whistleblower who had to escape the UK following her revelations (showing serious abuses by British intelligence), tries to raise awareness of the seriousness of all this . Please help defend press freedom in the UK. Without it, we are all going to suffer (unless “we” includes plutocrats or people like Jeremy Heywood). Techrights very much depends on defence of journalism in the UK. █
Related/contextual items from the news:
David Cameron asked cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, the country’s most senior civil servant, to contact The Guardian about the classified material handed over by Edward Snowden, it has been reported.
He was detained for the maximum period allowed under the draconian terms of Schedule 7 of the UK’s Terrorism Act (2000). His apparent “crime”? To be the partner of campaigning journalist Glenn Greenwald who broke the Edward Snowden whistleblowing stories.
Miranda’s detention has caused outrage, rightly, around the world. Diplomatic representations have been made by the Brazilian government to the British, UK MPs are asking questions, and The Guardian newspaper (which is the primary publisher of Greenwald’s stories), has sent in the lawyers.