Your Right to Know – a terrorist threat?

A reporter friend of mine has been in touch to tell me some interesting news. He was covering a protest at Nottingham Airport and was then promptly arrested by the police along with the protestors. While he languished in his cell, the police raided his house and confiscated items they believed linked him to the ‘crime’ of breaching airport security.

They took a few videos and 16 books including a biography of George Bush, ‘The Worst Case Scenario Handbook’, ‘Terrorists or Freedom Fighters’ and…wait for it…

Your Right to Know!

Yes, folks, YRTK was deemed sufficiently subversive to warrant police attention. The copy is now languishing in a London police station awaiting examination by officers as to whether it will be used as ‘evidence’ in the reporter’s trial. Good to see our police officers hard at work tackling the terrorist threat.

5 Responses to “Your Right to Know – a terrorist threat?”

  1. Paul Taylor says:

    There are many recent occasions that you could cite of the police acting in an unreasonable manner towards journalists. However, on this occasion I think that you should point out that the reason they raided his home was not because he had covered the protest, as a journalist, but because he had allowed his car to be used to store equipment used by the protesters. The reason I say this is neither because I am sympathetic to the police not unsympathetic to the protest, but because I think that we weaken our case if we are economic with the facts.

  2. Marcel says:

    I just borrowed YRTK from the local library. With the library being automated and fully computerised can I now expect a visit to my house too?
    I agree with Paul too: all facts are important. Still the fact that a guideline on how to use the Freedom of Information Act is considered potential evidence is amazing.

  3. Not Paul says:

    Paul, what evidence do you have to suggest that the journalists car was used to ‘store equipement’ used by the protesters?

  4. Paul Taylor says:

    That is what I was I was told (by a fellow protester). If I am mistaken, then I apologise and the police should be condemned – both for targeting journalists and their stupidity.

  5. Paul, even if you are not mistaken, should the police not be condemned anyway for

    a) targeting journalists

    and

    b) carrying out a search of his home?

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