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David Miranda loses legal challenge

The High Court in London has ruled that it is acceptable to detain journalists under terrorism legislation.

David Miranda is the partner of former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs. On 18 August 2013, he was detained at Heathrow airport while changing planes on a trip between Heathrow and Rio de Janeiro. Miranda was questioned for just under the statutory limit of nine hours, was forced to give over passwords, had personal electronic equipment confiscated and not allowed to speak to his solicitor until eight hours had passed.

The UK Government’s attempts to prevent reporting on the Snowden revelations – which include ordering the destruction of the Guardian’s hard drives – have generated sustained international criticism. The World Association of Newspaper and News Publishers launched an unprecedented mission to the UK to investigate press freedom issues just last month.

David Miranda’s lawyers Bindmans have announced that he will be appealing today’s judgment. Miranda was not given an automatic right of appeal, so it is up to the Court of Appeal itself to decide whether to grant a hearing.

Permission to appeal was eventually granted in May 2014.

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David Miranda: Metropolitan Police grounds for opposing judicial review

Full statement of the Metropolitan Police’s case against David Miranda’s claim for judicial review, which will be heard at the High Court in London on 6 and 7 November 2013. Miranda is challenging his questioning and detention at Heathrow airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

David Miranda is the partner of former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs.

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David Miranda: Summary statement of facts and grounds

Full statement of facts and grounds in support of David Miranda’s claim for judicial review, which will be heard at the High Court in London on 6 and 7 November 2013. Miranda is challenging his questioning and detention at Heathrow airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

David Miranda is the partner of former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing about the NSA’s mass surveillance programs.

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