1. Warning

    U.N. to U.K.: Stop Harassing the Press

    U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald (L) walks with his partner David Miranda in Rio de Janeiro's International Airport in this August 19, 2013 file photo. The British authorities forced the Guardian newspaper to destroy material leaked by Edward Snowden, its editor has revealed, calling it a "pointless" move that would not prevent further reporting on U.S. and British surveillance programmes. In a column in the paper on August 20, 2013, Alan Rusbridger said the "bizarre" episode a month ago and the detention at London's Heathrow airport on Sunday of the partner of a Guardian journalist showed press freedom was under threat in Britain. London's Metropolitan Police defended the detention under an anti-terrorism law of Miranda, the Brazilian partner of Greenwald, saying it was "legally and procedurally sound". REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files (BRAZIL  - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW MEDIA)

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    Two senior U.N. representatives have sent a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron demanding an explanation of the detention of David Miranda, the partner of Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, when he was transporting documents leaked by Edward Snowden through London’s Heathrow airport. The officials, special rapporteurs Frank La Rue and Ben Emmerson, warned the U.K. that national security was not an excuse to harass or intimidate journalists. "The press plays a central role in the clarification of human-rights abuses,” said La Rue. La Rue and Emmerson said the case revealed that the U.S. and the U.K. are unprepared to deal with citizens getting access to classified information.

    Read it at The Guardian