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Pressure on attorney general to block Met move against press freedom

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster, a veteran Lib Dem MP who advises the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, informally on media issues, called on the attorney general to block the “extremely bizarre” use of the act. “I understand the attorney general has the opportunity to use this power,” Foster said after a fringe meeting, organised by the Hacked Off campaign, that was addressed by the actor Hugh Grant. “He should use it and say this is not in the public interest.”

Foster, who praised the Guardian for “fantastic journalism” in exposing phone hacking, found unanimous support at the fringe meeting when he asked whether the Guardian’s disclosure that Milly Dowler’s phone had been hacked - the revelation that prompted the police use of the Official Secrets Act - was justified. The MP said: “If it was in the public interest for the Guardian to do what they did, it is extremely bizarre, it is almost unheard of, for the Metropolitan police to have used the Official Secrets Act as the basis for seeking to get hold of the information they want.

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