The Nordic Newspaper editors send protest letter to David Cameron on David Miranda's detention
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Four Nordic leading European newspapers editors have written to British Premier, David Cameron over the detention of the partner of a Guardian journalist who reported recently about what is said to have been government overreach. The editors jointly wrote a protest letter aimed at the British Prime Minister, David Cameron protesting press freedom, which was published in various British press organisations.
Editor of Dagens Nyeheter, Peter Wolodarski, one of the writers/ Image Swedish television
The reason for the letter has to do with events following last week in which The Guardian newspaper published information from Edward Snowden about the U.S. monitoring of phone calls and data traffic.
British authorities arrested the partner of the journalist who wrote the articles for questioning under anti-terror laws, and forced the newspaper to destroy hard drives containing the material.
The editors of Aftenposten (Norway), Dagens Nyheter (Sweden), Helsingin Sanomat (Finland) and Politiken (Denmark) urged the British Prime minister to restore British press to its highly respected place of journalistic freedom, for them to reports without fear and feel that attributing terrorist law to a journalist is a pure farce.
The editors describe a free press as crucial to holding governments and their intelligence agencies to account.
In this light they wrote that they are "more than surprised at the measures the British government officials have taken to our colleagues of the Guardian and shocked that as a staunch defender of democracy and free debate that Britain uses anti-terror legislation to legalize harassment."
They conclude that that they hope that the decision be revoked.
The letter has published in various British papers including the Guardian.
by Scancomark.com Team