[LISTEN] 'State surveillance on journalists is not being taken seriously' - R2K

Advocacy group Right2Know (R2K) has released a report detailing how investigative journalists who have exposed major corruption in government and state security agencies are being spied on.

The report, according to R2K, takes a look at 10 case studies involving journalists from various media houses.

Explaining the possible reasons for the surveillance, R2K Campaign Spokesperson Murray Hunter says intelligence is trying to clamp down on whistle-blowers.

These state entities are trying to figure out who is leaking information and they can do so by tapping the phones of journalists, identifying their sources and taking action from there.

Murray Hunter, Right2Know campaign organiser

Often these are not cases that have been taken seriously or really being brought to the light in a systemic way so that is what we are trying to do here.

Murray Hunter, Right2Know campaign organiser

One of two things happens, either in the case for example of the Sunday Times, someone within those structures will go to a judge and get a warrant to intercept their communications and will do so on a fraudulent basis. They lie to the judge in order to spy.

Murray Hunter, Right2Know campaign organiser

More worryingly, law enforcement have gone to a judge to say this is a journalist and we would like to spy on them cause we need to figure out what their sources of information are on the basis that that information is so sensitive and disclosing it is a criminal act.

Murray Hunter, Right2Know campaign organiser

The organisation has made a number of recommendations including changes to the RICA Act.

Click on the link below to hear more on these recommendations...


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