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"Journalist's phone should be handed back immediately" McCartney

20 August, 2010 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Justice Committee Member, Raymond McCartney MLA (Foyle) has called on the PSNI to return the mobile phone belonging to Journalist Eamon MacDermott immediately.

Mr. McCartney said:

"The actions of the PSNI in seizing this phone are a gross interference in Mr. MacDermott's ability to carry out his functions as a Journalist and should be returned immediately. We have been in contact with the PSNI to inform them of our opinion on this matter.

"Mr. MacDermott has stated that he has cooperated with the PSNI investigation and therefore this can only be interpreted as an attack on the freedom of the press and protection of sources."

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