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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Gordon Brown Rethinks Bill On Illegal Media Purchase Of Personal Information

The British Prime Minister wants to abandon plans to criminalize the act of purchasing personal data by the media and suspicion is rife that he's being pressured by that very media. A bill providing for just such criminalization was marching along through Parliament, having made it through most of both Houses. But Gordon Brown is reported to be worried about the effect that such a bill, if passed, would have on the pursuit of legitimate stories. One media representative also said, "`If the legislation were to proceed, Britain would be virtually the only civilised country in the world where journalists and editors could be jailed for doing their job. These views have made known to the prime minister and the minister of justice by senior industry figures.'"

Read more here in a story from the Guardian.

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