After Snoopers Charter, ‘Espionage Act’ Is Next For Theresa May’s UK Administration

After the United States plans to enact an executive order to remove travel from citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, UK Prime Minister Theresa May seconds the movement to the initial passing of the Investigative Powers Act or Snoopers Charter by passing an “espionage act.” This would — according to Reporters Without Borders — kill the entire industry of investigative journalism and whistleblowers nationwide.

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A journalist from Reporters Sans Frontieres said the world is now living in a “Black Mirror episode and you don’t care.” The current UK government of Theresa May continued to push against press freedom according to the RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. The UK is currently 38th out of the 180 countries in the world.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May herself had pushed forward the Investigative Powers Act that would pardon and continue the allowance of all activities revealed and condemned by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Reporters note that the guarantee of anonymity for whistleblowers and sources used for stories is gone and it would become more difficult to peruse information that affected parties wish to hide.

The act would also consider all investigative journalism activities as espionage agents out to discredit parties. With espionage in the new act defined as being “capable of committing who not only communicates but also the one who collects information on company activities that are deemed private.

 

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