Glen Greenwald has been instrumental in collaborating with Edward Snowden and publishing whatever he had to offer. The journalist was one of the key figures in letting the PRISM leaks reach the public. Recently, UK authorities held his partner at Heathrow Airport for nine hours on the pretext of questioning him.
The move by UK authorities is being seen as an attempt to harass the families of the journalists who are involved in publishing material from a whistle-blower. David Miranda, who is Greenwald’s partner, was stopped by officers at the Heathrow Airport and was detained for nine hours. During this time, he was being questioned by the authorities under the Terrorism Act 2000. The Act allows authorities to detain any given passenger for questioning about security issues for at most nine hours. In other words, the authorities detained Miranda for as long as they could. Eventually, although he was allowed to leave, the officials wouldn’t let him have his mobile phone, laptop, camera and a whole lot of other electronic gear. This was all confiscated by the officials, again, on the name of security.
Naturally, Greenwald is outraged over this incident. According to him, “This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process. To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere.”
It is sad to note that the governments around the globe, even those who are touted as the champions of human rights, tend to let go of all restraints when it comes to their own ends.
Courtesy: The Guardian