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Join Vincent F. in signing this petition.

To: Priti Patel, Secretary of State for the Home Department

Embarrassing the government should not be a crime

Scrap the plans that could jail reporters for stories that embarrass the government

Why is this important?

Under new plans journalists could end up in prison for up to 14 years if they were to report on leaked documents that embarrass the Government. These plans are part of a reform of the Official Secrets Act. It could mean stories that are of public interest go unreported in the future and be hugely damaging for democracy within the UK.

MPs and the press are already speaking out about the plans which they say will 'deter whistleblowers from coming forward'. Journalists should be allowed to report on issues which are in the public interest.


Reasons for signing

  • Questioning and uncovering politicians incompetence or corruption is not against national security. Just the opposite - it protects it.
  • Another step towards worldwide censorship and freedom of information and freedom of speech. Democracy has no meaning anymore. This country and others have time and again past year resorted to totalitarian measures.
  • If the government doesn’t want to embarrass themselves, they should stop acting in embarrassing ways. Simple.

Updates

2021-08-02 22:43:36 +0100

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