CPJ reminds EU that ‘e-evidence’ rules should protect journalists

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center right rear, addresses the plenary chamber at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Germany has just taken over the European Union's rotating presidency, and must chaperone the 27-nation bloc through a period of deep crisis for the next six months and try to limit the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

CPJ reminds EU that ‘e-evidence’ rules should protect journalists

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CPJ today prompted the European Parliament to safeguard press freedom and human rights in a proposed regulation known as the ‘e-evidence’ proposal, co-signing a letter with European Digital Rights and other digital and media organizations.CPJ has expressed concern about the lack of safeguards in the proposed Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders, which could allow prosecutors to access data held by internet service providers in another EU member state without judicial oversight in the target country.Lawmakers are shown seated at desks in rows facing a podium and EU flags in a large parliamentary building.  The plenary chamber at the European Parliament is shown in Brussels on July 8, 2020. CPJ is urging the parliament to safeguard press freedom in a proposed regulation on e-evidence. (AP/Olivier Matthys)

The letter urges parliamentarians to require oversight based on national legal frameworks to prevent abuse. It is available in full here.

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