Aug 22, 2013 2:15 pm
David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained this weekend for nine hours at London’s Heathrow Airport. He was questioned under a British anti-terrorism law and his laptop, cellphone and other electronic devices were confiscated.
But it gets even worse: Yesterday we learned that British authorities seized and destroyed computers at the Guardian’s London headquarters in retribution for the outlet’s reporting on Edward Snowden, whose leaks revealed unchecked surveillance programs in the United States and Great Britain.
Free Press is partnering with Roots Action to demand action. Intimidating journalists and harassing their family members are tactics used by totalitarian regimes, not democratic governments.
Join Free Press and Roots Action. Tell U.S. and U.K. Leaders: Stop Treating Journalists and Their Families Like Criminals.
Miranda was detained after visiting Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who has been working with Greenwald to reveal the full extent of the secret state surveillance programs. Because of her work, U.S. border agents have also detained and questioned Poitras more than 40 times.
The Justice Department has also been caught spying on journalists from the Associated Press, and went so far as to label a Fox News journalist a “co-conspirator” in a leak investigation. Right now, the DoJ is trying to force a New York Times reporter to reveal the source of another leak — and threatening him with jail time if he doesn’t comply.
We’re seeing an unprecedented attack on press freedom. These journalists need our help.
End the Intimidation: Stop the Attacks on Journalists and Their Families.
The attacks on the press won’t stop unless the public raises its voice. Ultimately, this isn’t about individual journalists or any specific case. It is about everyone’s rights to share information, make media and hold our leaders accountable. It is about journalism’s role at the center of our democracy, exposing information our leaders would rather keep hidden.
Journalists like Greenwald and Poitras — and their families, their colleagues and anyone committed to investigative reporting — need our help now.
The first step is speaking out. End the intimidation now.
Craig, Josh, Tim and the rest of the Free Press team