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The RIPA Act Makes Us Cheer For The Daily Mail And Fear A Police State

by | 5th, October 2014

BE afraid. The police are hacking the Daily Mail’s phones. With tabloids portrayed as the scum of the earth, the police are freer to eat into your freedoms that little further. The Leveson Inquiry has legitimised a police state.

The journalists who eavesdropped on your voice mails were wrong. But now the State’s law enforcers are at it. Who will police them? No-one. They have all the power and all guns and all the prisons.

Nick Craven writes for the Mail :

Police used anti-terrorism powers to secretly spy on The Mail on Sunday after shamed Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne falsely accused journalists of conspiring to bring him down. Detectives sidestepped a judge’s agreement to protect the source for our stories exposing how Huhne illegally conspired to have his speeding points put on to his wife’s licence. Instead they used far-reaching powers under the controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) – originally intended to safeguard national security – to hack MoS phone records and identify the source.

Not worried? You should be. A free press is a sign of a free country. This smells of a police state.

They trawled through thousands of confidential numbers called by journalists from a landline at the busy newsdesk going back an entire year, covering hundreds of stories unrelated to the Huhne case.

Any stories about police corruption? Any about miscarriages of justice? Any about the Met’s failure to investigate the murder of Stephen Lawrence, a case the Mail challenged them on?

 

The 1997 Daily Mail front page, mocked up by editor Paul Dacre, which accused the five suspects of murder

 

The Mail is correct:

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