Public Service Europe: David Miranda Detention

Tuesday, 20 August, 2013 - 23:00

Does Heathrow Detention Suggest UK Is Becoming A Police State?

The decision to hold the partner of a journalist at a UK airport for nine hours raises profound questions about British commitments to freedom of speech, freedom of movement and the UK's relationship to the rest of the world – warns UK Pirate Party

The detention of The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda at Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours under anti-terrorism laws has sent shockwaves through the British media and political life. Miranda had equipment such as his phone and laptop confiscated, was not given an interpreter and was grilled about Edward Snowden - and even protests in Brazil.