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Snowden: Journalists can’t win surveillance arms race against NSA; they have to lobby for privacy-protecting policies

Posted:
27 October 2016

Author:
Sarah Toporoff

Snowden: Journalists can’t win surveillance arms race against NSA; they have to lobby for privacy-protecting policies

Edward Snowden has a message for the press when it comes to government surveillance: “Be as adversarial as possible.” The former NSA contractor spoke to Editors Lab participants at Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich via video chat from Moscow yesterday. He said news organisations are not only uniquely affected by mass surveillance, but uniquely positioned to take action.

In an interview led by author and professor Dan Gillmor, Snowden warned that freedom of the press cannot exist without confidentiality between journalists and their sources. Gillmor kicked off the discussion with a developing report from The Daily Beast on AT&T’s massive spying programme going back as far as 1987. And in this age of increased tracking, the fear of being identified can have a chilling effect on potential whistleblowers.

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