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The Law Commission’s dangerous proposals would turn whistleblowers and journalists into ‘spies’

Killock, Jim (2017) The Law Commission’s dangerous proposals would turn whistleblowers and journalists into ‘spies’. Democratic Audit UK (10 Mar 2017). Website.

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Abstract

Suppose a journalist received information about the secret services from a whistleblower, but decided not to publish it – perhaps even because they thought it might damage national security? Under the Law Commission’s proposals to replace the Official Secrets Acts with a single Espionage Act, both the journalist and whistleblower could be jailed. And if they did publish it, the journalist would no longer be able to rely on a public interest defence. Jim Killock says these proposals to update the UK’s laws around the unauthorised disclosure of official data are yet another attack on the freedom of the press.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://www.democraticaudit.com
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
K Law > KD England and Wales
K Law > KD England and Wales > KDC Scotland
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 14:06
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2019 00:41
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80425

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