GCHQ and the Myth of Free Press.

University of York's English Pen Society

This year, it has been revealed that GCHQ has collected and spied upon correspondence between staff at the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times and the Washington. English PEN, PEN American Center and PEN International have all condemned this action – stating that this action ultimately threatens the fundamental rights of free speech and free press.

“The protection of journalistic sources has long been recognised as one of the basic necessities for a free press. Without guaranteed protection, whistle-blowers will be deterred from coming forward, the press cannot report facts accurately and citizens are denied an informed discussion on matters of public interest.”

This invasion of privacy and fundamental rights is just the latest of an on-going 18-month scandal. Further in-depth analysis of Edward Snowden’s report on the spying by the NSA and GCHQ, uncovered these new revelations. Essentially, these revelations ultimately show that the UK and US governments understand…

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