Public interest defence campaign
A campaign for a general public interest defence to the Official Secrets Acts (and any replacement Espionage Act) was launched today.
Janus Friis, a philanthropic technology entrepreneur, is funding a campaign for a general public interest defence as part of the expected modernisation of the Official Secrets Acts.
The all-party Intelligence and Security Committee recommended that the UK’s espionage legislation be updated and the Law Commission subsequently recommended the introduction of a general public interest defence to the Official Secrets Acts for those who disclose protected information when acting in the public interest.
Alex Bailin QC and Jessica Jones, instructed by James Libson, Ben Brandon and Katy Colton at Mishcon de Reya, together with communications consultancy Powerscourt, are coordinating the campaign and have submitted evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights.