Press comment: David Miranda arrest

Commenting on the arrest of David Miranda, partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald:

Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: “This is a direct attack on freedom of the press and a chilling reminder that our anti-terror laws are in desperate need of reform. Whoever took the decision to have David Miranda arrested and detained should be named and held publicly accountable for this flagrant abuse of anti-terrorism laws. 

“The law David Miranda was detained under provides powers to deal with those suspected of involvement with acts of terrorism, not a license to interrogate those with knowledge of the activity of journalists. If a foreign government detained the partner of a British journalist we would rightly be up in arms.

“Anti-terror laws have been abused for too long, undermine basic democratic principles and put huge unchecked power in the hands of security officials. Parliament must demand substantial reform that does not allow this kind of episode to ever again stain Britain’s reputation.”