BBC Journo Has Laptop Seized Under Terrorism Act

By Gary Cutlack on at

BBC journalist Secunder Kermani is without a way to play Football Manager on the go at the moment, thanks to police ordering him to hand over his laptop under the rules of the Terrorism Act.

Kermani triggered police interest while investigating up and coming terrorist organisation Islamic State for Newsnight, with UK anti-terror police demanding to see any form of "communications" Kermani had had with one particular IS member while compiling his report for the BBC2 news programme.

Newsnight editor Ian Zatz said of the seizure: "While we would not seek to obstruct any police investigation, we are concerned that the use of the Terrorism Act to obtain communication between journalists and sources will make it very difficult for reporters to cover this issue of critical public interest."

And while journalists are bristling over this possible breach of the protection of sources, the BBC said that Kermani's man was not thought to have requested anonymity or asked his words to be kept off the record, explaining: "The man had featured in Newsnight reports and was not a confidential source," and adding that he'd publicly identified himself as an IS member so, presumably, won't face any repercussions from having his details outed. [Huffington Post]