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Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: United Kingdom

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date February 2006
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: United Kingdom, February 2006, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5672e2d.html [accessed 29 August 2014]
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British authorities issued a gag order on November 23, threatening legal action against news outlets if they reported further from a leaked government document alleging U.S. President George W. Bush had considered bombing the Qatar headquarters of the satellite-TV station Al-Jazeera in April 2004. After London's Daily Mirror broke the story on November 22, Attorney General Peter Goldsmith warned three newspapers – the Daily Mirror, The Guardian, and The Times – that they would be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act if they published further details from a classified transcript of a conversation between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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