EDINBURGH (Sputnik) – The "draconian" bill to give the UK government more surveillance powers runs counter to the country’s democratic values, Michelle Stainstreet, the head of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), told Sputnik on Friday.
"The NUJ has campaigned hard to oppose this unjustified and draconian legislation. The secret surveillance of journalists, whistleblowers and sources is an attack on democracy and the public’s right to know," Stainstreet said.
"The fight doesn’t stop here, we will continue to stick to our ethical principles to protect journalistic sources and seek to challenge this new law in every way that is possible," Stainstreet assured Sputnik.
Apart from data retention, the legislation will give the government wide-ranging powers to spy on its citizens and requires mobile phone companies to keep their devices less secure so that the government’s security agency, GCHQ, can more easily listen into users’ calls and messages.