CIJ Statement in Support of The Guardian

    The documents released by Edward Snowden are some of the most important disclosures for decades and have brought to light extraordinary abuses of civil rights and privacy; abuses on a scale few could have imagined only a few years ago.

    Yesterday’s editorial in The Mail is the government’s pushback, the recent authoritarian attack, smears and effectively an accusation of treason on The Guardian for publishing the Snowden revelation has prompted messages denouncing the attack from the New York Times, El Pais, Slate, Le Monde, The Hindu, Charin, the Frankfurter Allgemeine, Suddenutsche.de, La Republica, Aftenposten, La Stampa, DN.se, and many more.

    The Centre for Investigative Journalism supports without reservation, the Guardian’s historic right to publish what government may find offensive.

    We find the attack of press freedom implicit in the ugly editorial in The Mail entirely consistent with the policies Snowden took such risks to expose; the mass surveillance of the civilian population, and abrogation of privacy that are now quickening the unprecedented erosion of civil liberties both in Britain and the US.

    We hope that The Guardian will continue to publish these extraordinary and important historical documents and the debate they have rightfully prompted