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Luminous Animal

(27,310 posts)
Sun Nov 3, 2013, 11:42 PM Nov 2013

70 (That is SEVENTY) rights groups warn UK government reaction to NSA leaks eroding freedom

Which side of history are you on?

Seventy of the world's leading human rights organisations have written to David Cameron to warn that the government's reaction to the mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is leading to an erosion of fundamental rights and freedoms in the UK.

The coalition, which includes organisations from 40 countries, said it had become increasingly alarmed at the way the UK government had applied pressure on media groups covering the leaks and its use of national security concerns to close down important public interest debates.

"We have joined together as an international coalition because we believe that the United Kingdom government's response to the revelations of mass surveillance of digital communications is eroding fundamental human rights in the country," the letter states. "The government's response has been to condemn, rather than celebrate investigative journalism, which plays a crucial role in a healthy democratic society."

The intervention comes five months after the Guardian, and major media organisations in other countries, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, began disclosing details of the extent and reach of secret surveillance programmes run by Britain's eavesdropping centre, GCHQ, and its US counterpart, the National Security Agency. The revelations – now appearing in European media outlets – have sparked a huge debate on the scale and oversight of surveillance by the US and UK intelligence agencies.



http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/uk-reaction-nsa-leaks-human-rights
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70 (That is SEVENTY) rights groups warn UK government reaction to NSA leaks eroding freedom (Original Post) Luminous Animal Nov 2013 OP
K & R !!! WillyT Nov 2013 #1
I know which side of history you are on WillyT and I am right there with you! Luminous Animal Nov 2013 #2
Maybe they need to have a conversation with our Sensible Woodchuck. progressoid Nov 2013 #3
Our ancestors broke away from the English because of the elites' opposition to free speech, AnotherMcIntosh Nov 2013 #4
Kick Luminous Animal Nov 2013 #5
K&R woo me with science Nov 2013 #6
 

AnotherMcIntosh

(11,064 posts)
4. Our ancestors broke away from the English because of the elites' opposition to free speech,
Mon Nov 4, 2013, 12:26 AM
Nov 2013
and other abuses.
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