London's Metropolitan Police, already under huge criticism for their cosy relationship with Rupert Murdoch's News International and their failure to investigate phone hacking of amongst others, members of the royal family, celebrities, politicians and relatives of soldiers and terrorist victims, have decided to use the UK's draconian Official Secrets Act to force a newspaper to name its journalists' sources.Phone hacking: Met use Official Secrets Act to force Guardian to reveal sources
The only thing is, the paper being targetted isn't in the News International stable; it's The Guardian - the paper that exposed the scandal and caused the police so much embarrassment. In a free society, journalists' sources are meant to be protected and the Guardian and the National Union of Journalists are going to fight this action.
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