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Criminals and corrupt politicians and businessmen could escape exposure under a new attempt to restrict Press freedom.
The fresh bid to restrict the rights of journalists and the media to inquire into crime and corruption involves attempts to change a data law that is going through Parliament.
Labour - Amendment - Data - Protection - Bill
One Labour amendment to the Data Protection Bill would mean that the Information Commissioner would have powers to decide whether codes of conduct under which journalists work should be recognised by the new law.
The Bill is aimed at producing an up-to-date data protection regime, which strengthens rights and gives individuals more control over their personal information.
Organisations - Data - Fines
Organisations that did not safeguard sensitive data would risk heavy fines.
But importantly, the legislation provides an exemption for journalists who access and store personal information without consent when exposing wrongdoing.
Individuals - Investigation - Journalists - Inquiries - Publication
This means that individuals under investigation by journalists would not be able to interfere with their inquiries or block publication of stories that would bring to light wrongdoing.
A series of attempts have been made to introduce changes to the Bill which would remove safeguards for freedom of...
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