Official Secrets Act

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The Guardian view on official secrets: plans that undermine democracy | Editorial
Editorial: Ministers will damage press freedom with proposals that would, if enacted, intimidate journalists into docility

Editorial

29, Aug, 2021 @5:30 PM

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UK Covid: 27,734 new cases as Welsh first minister criticises ‘risky’ travel plan for US and EU fully jabbed – as it happened
Mark Drakeford says he would not have agreed lifting of quarantine

Andrew Sparrow

28, Jul, 2021 @5:03 PM

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Who’ll defend our right to a free press? Not the ex-hack in No 10 | Nick Cohen
Journalists have every right to be fearful of the prime minister’s proposed legislation

Nick Cohen

24, Jul, 2021 @6:00 PM

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How a proposed secrecy law would recast journalism as spying | Duncan Campbell and Duncan Campbell
Home Office plans would remove the public interest defence for whistleblowing, say writers Duncan Campbell and Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell and Duncan Campbell

20, Jul, 2021 @5:00 AM

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UK government admits ministers can use self-deleting messages
Exclusive: Civil servants also able to delete messages instantly, as fears grow about accountability

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

13, Jun, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Call for UK's 'antiquated' Official Secrets Act to be updated
Public interest defence proposed plus longer jail terms for those passing on sensitive information

Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent

01, Sep, 2020 @3:30 PM

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Clive Ponting obituary
Senior civil servant who became a whistleblower over the Falklands war

David Leigh

06, Aug, 2020 @12:40 PM

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Iraq war whistleblower’s trial ‘was halted due to national security threat’
Ahead of a new film about Katharine Gun, the director of public prosecutions explains for the first time why he felt a court case would be too risky

Mark Townsend

01, Sep, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Police investigate officer who infiltrated environmental groups
Mark Kennedy adopted fake identity and formed deceitful relationships with campaigners

Rob Evans

28, Aug, 2019 @12:21 PM

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How Manchester's failed bid for 2000 Olympics split government opinion
Prime minister lobbied IOC, secret government files show, but others were sceptical

Owen Bowcott

17, Jul, 2019 @11:01 PM

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Who could be prosecuted over leaked diplomatic emails?
Official Secrets Act could be used against a public servant guilty of ‘damaging disclosure’

Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent

08, Jul, 2019 @12:02 PM

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Leaking or briefing? Inside the world of ministers’ secrets
The history of parliamentary intrigue, from the Belgrano to Iraq, sheds light on the sacking of Gavin Williamson

Richard Norton-Taylor

04, May, 2019 @7:54 PM

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