Tuesday 24 August 2010

Police return freelance's seized mobile phone

The NUJ says the Police Service of Northern Ireland has returned the mobile phone seized on Thursday 19th August from Derry freelance journalist Eamonn MacDermott and have advised him that they have accessed his phone records.
NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear said the NUJ would support Mr MacDermott's right to protect confidential sources in the event of any future court case. Pointing out that in the Suzanne Breen case the court had recognised the real threat posed to her life if she was forced to hand over confidential information.
He said: "The same principles apply in this case. Just as the information contained in her notes was already available to the PSNI in this case the police have advised Eamonn MacDermott that they have accessed his records."

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