Journalism is the new terrorism.

The U.S. and U.K governments claim to have freedom of the press, but they're waging war on journalists. This month, British authorities illegally detained Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner, and forced The Guardian to destroy hard drives containing the leaked Snowden documents. Enough is enough.

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“Transparency is necessary to democracy. We support journalists who report on information like the Snowden leaks. They are doing their job and should be appreciated, not criminalized.”

What would you do if the gov’t detained your loved ones to get at you?

The British Gov't seriously crossed a line and sent a clear message to the world - not only have journalists become targets, but their loved ones are now fair game too...

On Sunday, August 18th, British authorities detained David Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian journalist who initially, and continuously, published documents from Edward Snowden, breaking the NSA spying scandal. Miranda was detained for nine hours under Section 7 of the Terrorism Act while passing through Heathrow Airport in London . He was questioned about details of his life and on the journalistic work of his partner, and his laptop, cellphone and other electronic devices were confiscated. The White House has since admitted that they had been given a 'heads up' before Miranda was taken into custody. Miranda’s detainment is an unmistakable example of how the law is abused to arbitrarily question, search, and harass individuals, and how governments are treating journalism as a criminal offense. "To start detaining people who they think they are reporting on what they're doing under terrorism laws, that is as dangerous and oppressive as it gets," Greenwald commented regarding the detainment of his partner under the Terrorism Act.

And what if they threatened and ordered the destruction of a major news outlet's property?

Just as disturbing as the shameful attempt to intimidate Greenwald through detaining his partner, was the revelation of the British government's threats to The Guardian Newspaper which led to the destruction of the paper's hard drives .

Following Miranda's detainment, Guardian editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, published an editorial describing the threats that The Guardian Newspaper faced from British government officials. According to The Independent, British Prime Minister, David Cameron, "instructed the Cabinet Secretary to contact The Guardian to spell out the serious consequences that could follow if it failed to hand over classified material from the NSA whistleblower and US fugitive." When they demanded that The Guardian hand over, or destroy the information they had, Rusbridger explained that they would be unable to conduct their research and reporting if they did so. He recounted what followed as "one of the more bizarre moments in The Guardian's long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in The Guardian's basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal..." Rusbridger, and The Guardian Newspaper, have now been forced to do their sensitive reporting from other locations in the world.