The conviction of Muhammad Rabbani, director of advocacy group Cage, for refusing to divulge his phone pin and passwords under the UK’s anti-terror legislation is very concerning.
Index on Censorship CEO Jodie Ginsberg said:
“We have already seen these powers used against journalists in a way that seriously puts at risk confidential sources and contacts. The legislation threatens the work of reporters and of advocacy groups like Index, who work on a daily basis with individuals under threat in their own countries and for whom anonymity and confidentiality can be a matter of life or death.
“This is a worrying trend not just in the UK but in many countries, including the United States where powers to demand passwords have been used against journalists on a number of occasions as we detailed in our report on the country.”
Rabbani was found guilty under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act.