Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Turkish troops to go further into Syria, says foreign minister

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Court ruling expected on Gabon's contested election results

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Clinton's Comedy Turn

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Sarkozy's Populist Pivot, Bahamas Leaks, Syria Truce, Rome Olympic Bid (Part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US Police Shootings: Race relations and the race to the White House (Part 1)

Read more

#TECH 24

Breaking the wall between technology and people

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Rural France: Challenges and opportunities

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: In Burma, ex-political prisoners struggle to return to normal life

Read more

ENCORE!

Xavier Dolan: Wunderkind of Québecquois cinema

Read more

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

IN THE PAPERS

IN THE PAPERS

Latest update : 2009-10-26

Contoversy in UK over police databases for “domestic extremists”

Several articles in today’s press cover infringements of civil liberties by UK authorities.

A report in 2007 placed Britain in the bottom five countries for its record on privacy and surveillance, says the International Herald Tribune. The paper reports on one Briton who is fighting back.

Jenny Paton wanted to get her children into a local school in the town of Poole but authorities suspected of her of having falsified her address. To confirm this, local authorities started spying on her. They obtained copies of her phone billing records and one official followed her and logged the movements of the woman and her three children. Under a law enacted in 2000, it is fully legal for local authorities to follow residents secretly.

Jenny Paton is outraged at this infringement of her privacy. “The government has absolutely no interest in spying on law-abiding people.”

In a recent House of Lords Constitution Committee report it was stated, “Successive UK governments have gradually constructed one of the most extensive and technologically advanced surveillance systems in the world.”

In a related story, today’s Guardian leads with police databases that are logging ‘domestic extremists’.

This is the kind of document the police now have access to.

It’s a spotter card, issued by police to identify individuals they consider to be trouble-makers because they have appeared at a number of demonstrations.

This card was dropped by police at a demonstration against Britain’s largest arms fair in 2005.

Databases have been compiled with photos of citizens who are considered a possible threat – activists and demonstrators for the most part who have no criminal record. They are called “domestic extremists” by the police – a term which has no legal basis, the Guardian says.

What’s more vehicles associated with protesters are being tracked via a nationwide system of automatic number plate recognition cameras. One man who has no criminal record was stopped 25 times in less than three years after a ‘protest marker’ was placed against his car after he attended a small protest against duck and pheasant shooting.

Other stories in today’s international papers:

Taggesspiegel
Opposition SPD party chief accuses German coalition government of social injustice and the breaking of election promises

New York Times
For News, Canada’s Leader Looks South of the Border

Sydney Morning Herald
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was closed yesterday morning for a picnic with 6,000 people attending


The Independent
School with a zoo is named UK’s greenest
 

By James CREEDON

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2016-09-23 US police shooting

Fatal shooting shakes Charlotte's self-image

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 23.09.16: The city of Charlotte, in North Carolina, is in the spotlight today. The city has become the scene of protests and unrest following the...

Read more

2016-09-23 François Hollande

‘We, the French Muslim women’

FRENCH PAPERS - Fri. 23.09.16: Le Parisien focuses on François Hollande's presidential track record. Did he keep the promises he made to young people? Meanwhile, Libération gives...

Read more

2016-09-22 Syria

Syrian ceasefire: Aleppo is between 'blood and fire'

IN THE INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Thursday, September 22: The Charlotte Observer urges police to release the video of the Keith Scott shooting; the US and Russia continue to spar...

Read more

2016-09-22 Tax havens

Bahamas Leaks: 'New embarrassment' for European Commission

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, September 22: Le Monde reports on a new financial scandal in the Bahamas. The "Bahamas Leaks" have implicated a former EU anti-trust...

Read more

2016-09-21 Syria

'Love is dead. Everything is the worst. Bye, world.'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Weds. 21.09.16: The blame game is in full swing over who bombed a United Nations humanitarian aid convoy in northern Syria on Monday. The deadly bombing...

Read more