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In Britain, preparations are being made to change the Official Secrets Act. Under this, journalists can face up to 14 years in prison for stories that embarrass the government. Not only this, they will be treated like foreign spies.
According to the Daily Mail report quoting Home Secretary Preeti Patil’s office here, journalists who handle leaked documents, found guilty under the new law designed to crack down on foreign spies, do not even defend themselves. will do.
Changes in the law made in 1989
criticism of the government
Critics say that if this rule were in effect now, the journalist who disclosed that Health Secretary Matt Hannock violated the Kovid protocol would have been prosecuted. In the leaked CCTV footage, he was seen kissing his colleague in the office.
He says that now the matter was revealed through leaked CCTV footage. In such a situation, action could be taken against the journalist who exposed it. After this revelation, Hannock had to resign from his post and his family relations also deteriorated. The government was also heavily criticized in the matter.
Journalists’ organizations doubt the intention of the government
The government says that when these laws were made, the means of communication were limited. The security and sovereignty of any country can be challenged in the blink of an eye by any kind of data today. As such, it is necessary to modify them.