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Report: Germany’s Spy Agency Monitored Journalists Across the Globe

18 Jun 2017 Rasad News Agency

RNA: Since 1999, Germany’s intelligence agency (BND) has spied on journalists of various news outlets and their sources, according to a report by German news magazine “Der Spiegel” set to be published on Saturday.

Media organizations targeted by the spy agency included the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the British news agency Reuters and the American daily “The New York Times.”

According to the report, the BND monitored at least 50 telephone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of journalists and editorial offices across the globe.

Under legislation passed in October, the BND is permitted to direct espionage operations on foreign nationals as well as EU institutions if they aim to gather “information of significance for (Germany’s) foreign policy and security.”

The office of Reporters Without Borders in Germany (ROG) criticized the spy agency’s actions in a statement published Friday.

Meanwhile, the BBC told DW that it does not condone such practices, urging “all governments to respect the operation of a free press.”

“We are disappointed to hear these claims. The BBC’s mission is to bring accurate news and information to people around the world and our journalists should be able to operate freely and safely, with full protection of their sources,” the British broadcaster said.



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