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14 years in prison for journalism?! An in-depth look at the Espionage Act

Under proposals for a new Espionage Act journalists and whistleblowers could be sent to prison for 14 years for exposing corruption and government wrongdoing. Join us at Birmingham Open Media on Tuesday 21 March to find out from Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group, about what the new law means for journalists and whistleblowers and what you can do to stop the Law Commission's proposals.

About the Espionage Act


The Law Commission is advising the Government how to update the law about classified state secrets—they want a new Espionage Act to increase the penalties, and allow journalists handling secret documents to be treated like spies.

Their proposals would stop investigative journalism and public-interest whistleblowing concerning the secret state. Imagine if not only Edward Snowden but also Guardian journalists Alan Rusbridger, Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and James Ball were imprisoned for exposing government lawbreaking at GCHQ.

Join us

Join us at Birmingham Open Media on Tuesday 21 March to find out more about what the Espionage Act and what you can do to stop the Law Commission criminalising journalists and public-interest whistleblowers.

Our lead speaker will be Jim Killock, Executive Director of the Open Rights Group. Since joining Open Rights Group in January 2009, Jim has led campaigns against three strikes and the Digital Economy Act, the company Phorm and its plans to snoop on UK users, and against pervasive government Internet surveillance. He is working on data protection and privacy issues, as well as helping ORG to grow in size and breadth. He was named as one of the 50 most influential people on IP issues by Managing IP in 2012. In the same year ORG won Liberty's Human Rights Campaigner of Year award alongside 38 Degrees, for work on issues from copyright to the Snooper’s Charter.

Sign the petition

Nearly 20,000 people have already signed the Open Rights Group's petition, demanding the Law Commission drop plans to criminalise journalists and public-interest whistleblowers. Speak up by signing the petition today.

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  • Ken B

    It would be useful to have examples of street-level whistle-blown issues from the last few years that would have been caught up if the putative Espionage Act had been in force. Does NHS and Financial Conduct Authority material count as 'Govt data'? If so, at least two high-profile scandals of recent years would not have been exposed.

    Any suggestions about past whistleblowers/journalists/stories that might have been subject to prosecution so we can illustrate the potential sweep of this legislation?

    March 23

  • Peter O.

    Is this "doors open at 18:30" or "talk starts at 18:30"?

    March 21

    • Francis C.

      Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, was a bit busy with the event last night. Generally we say 6.30 for a 6.45 start but we started later last night as Jim was travelling up from London.

      March 22

    • Yvona

      I don't think I will make it but will confirm for sure later . Work is choker block atm... perhaps one day I will be able to officially bail on being a slave of the system lol x

      March 23

  • James L.

    Very interesting and informative event. Looking forward to getting more involved in the future.

    1 · March 22

  • Tony A.

    Another fantastic informative evening - big thanks to "Francis" and team for all your hard work putting these events on and also really good to hear from Jim Killock and Chris Morley from the NUJ- The whole issue of Espionage Act is damning especialy if you're an investigative journalist ..worrying times!

    2 · March 22

  • Ken B

    A really comprehensive insight into catch-all legislation that could be just around the corner. Thanks for the heads-up'

    2 · March 21

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