Miranda, Snowden, Palestinians & press cards

David Miranda - partner of a Guardian journalist working on the Edward Snowden revelations on widespread NSA/GCHQ surveillance of absolutely everybody - was recently held and questioned under the notorious Schedule 7 Terrorism Act at Heathrow. Free Press, an organisation for reform of media policy, has opened a petition calling on the UK and USA governments to "stop intimiaating journalists and their families" Please take a look at the petition and consider signing it.

The NUJ is supporting an application for a judicial review on the Schedule 7 interrogation of Miranda.

Also worth a look at is the Avaaz petition calling on President Obama to "to ensure that whistleblower Edward Snowden is treated fairly" and deploring PRISM programme for the surveillance of absolutely everybody, which Snowden exposed.

And the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ, of which the NUJ is a part,) votd at its recent congress to renew its campaign to get the IFJ international press card recognised in Isreal. Currently, the Isreaeli authorities regularly turn back at their numerous checkpoints Palestinian journalists who have international press cards or other forms of press accreditation. There's an IFJ petition on this addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

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