Scotland Yard, Britain’s largest police force, is pursuing an unspecified criminal investigation involving intelligence leaks to the Guardian. The investigation was apparently launched in response to the much-publicized detention of David Miranda—Glenn Greenwald’s partner—at Heathrow Airport. (The Washington Post) Read More
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Vox Media is buying Curbed Network, “a saucy trio of urban lifestyle and entertainment blogs,” for an estimated $20 to $30 million. (Fortune)
Lawyers for David Michael Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, are challenging the legality of Mr. Miranda’s nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport on his way back to Brazil in August.
At the time, officials seized Mr. Miranda’s computer, phone, and memory sticks containing around 58,000 encrypted Snowden-related files. His lawyers are arguing that his rights were violated, but British officials say Mr. Miranda’s materials could “aid terrorism and put lives at risk.” Nothing new here, folks! (The New York Times) Read More
In a culture where paying sources is generally frowned upon, NBC News is getting some serious flack for reportedly practicing “checkbook journalism” twice in one week. Most recently, the news organization has paid for exclusive rights to interview a group of skydivers who survived a plane crash. Last week, it was disclosed that NBC was negotiating a maybe-more-than-$100,000 deal with the family of kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson for documentary rights. (The Washington Post) Read More
All those tales of press regulation in the UK aren’t actually as bad as they seem, says UK deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Dismissing Roger Alton’s claims that the regulations would put an end to 300 years of press freedom, Mr. Clegg said, “It was always up to the press. It is entirely voluntary. If the press don’t want to enter into this new system they don’t have to. Some significant parts of it have said they have got no intention of doing so.” (The Guardian) Read More
British Prime Minister David Cameron might “act” against newspapers that publish “damaging” information leaked by Edward Snowden. ”…if [the papers] don’t demonstrate some social responsibility it would be very difficult for government to stand back and not to act,” Mr. Cameron said in the House of Commons. Watch out, Guardian. (BBC) Read More