The UK Government expressly argued that the release of the Snowden documents (which the free world calls “award-winning journalism“) is actually tantamount to “terrorism”, the same theory now being used by the Egyptian military regime to prosecute Al Jazeera journalists as terrorists. Congratulations to the UK government on the illustrious company it is once again keeping. British officials have also repeatedly threatened criminal prosecution of everyone involved in this reporting, including Guardian journalists and editors.The basis for Miranda’s detention, the Metropolitan Police have previously commented, is that he was considered to be promoting a ‘political or ideological cause’. Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti has commented that, ‘The express admission that politics motivated the detention of David Miranda should shame police and legislators alike’. Greenwald’s comments this morning also identified the role of ‘much of the British press … in demanding that the Guardian’s journalism be criminalized’. Columnists and editors have joined politicians and security officials in labelling the Guardian‘s work treasonous and calling for publication of the leaks to be silenced. This response to the leaks by politicians and dominant voices in the press revealed just how limited debate over issues of great public interest and democratic concern can be. Too few media outlets rise to the task of holding power to account and informing the public, choosing instead to close down discussion of issues which challenge government interests. David Miranda’s detention, as English Pen notes, has ‘profound implications for press freedom in the United Kingdom’. It is of vital importance that the ability of journalists to effectively report on issues of public interest be defended. Read the court ruling in full here. Demand a more diverse and independent media capable of holding power to account. Sign the petition to reclaim your media.