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UK journalists take legal action against police spying

Press TV – November 21, 2014

Six British journalists have filed a lawsuit against the Scotland Yard after documents showed that the police in London were spying on them for more than a decade.

The lawsuit, which was filed by the National Union of Journalists against London’s Metropolitan Police and the Home Office, was announced late Thursday.

The group of journalists, including three photographers, an investigative journalist, a newspaper reporter and a freelance video journalist, took legal action after they discovered the Metropolitan Police had been recording their professional activities on a secret database.

The database was reportedly designed to monitor so-called domestic extremists.

The records included the movements of the journalists while working, their appearance and how they used a camera to record the events they were covering.

Freelance photographer David Hoffman questioned why he had been labeled as an extremist in the files kept by the police, saying he has “never contemplated any sort of extreme action of a political or criminal nature.”

The journalists said the lawsuit is aimed at exposing the persistent pattern of journalists being assaulted, monitored and stopped and searched by police during their work.

The group is also seeking to force the police to destroy the files containing records of their activities, saying the surveillance violates the liberty of the press and their privacy.

Both the Metropolitan police and the Home Office have declined to comment on the legal action.

The lawsuit comes as recent public disclosures of police records have revealed that Scotland Yard secretly seized journalists’ telephone records.

Several senior police officers have acknowledged keeping an eye on journalists by using powers granted under anti-terrorism measures.

A previous lawsuit by five journalists resulted in the police apologizing or paying damages for wrongdoing, including assault and unjustifiable searches while they were working.

November 21, 2014 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Corruption, Deception, Full Spectrum Dominance | ,

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