Britain’s Terrorism Airport Stop Law Violates Human Rights, Judge Rules In David Miranda Case

The British anti-terrorism law used to seize journalistic material about Edward Snowden’s surveillance revelations breaches human rights law, a judge has said in a landmark case.

Lord Dyson’s judgment relates to the detention of David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who reported on the Snowden story. He was stopped at Heathrow in 2013, held for nine hours and had electronic devices carrying encrypted data confiscated.

Though the judge decided that the stop of Miranda had been lawful, he said on Tuesday that the power under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act to stop people entering Britain at ports and seize data and documents lacked safeguards to prevent its arbitrary use against journalists.

He also rejected an earlier court’s ruling that the threatened disclosure of the information Miranda was carrying met the legal definition of terrorism.

Miranda tweeted “journalism isn’t terrorism” in response to the news.

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