Danish journalists warned members of the Danish Union of Journalists(DJ) that recent legislation passed by the Swedish government poses threats to freedom of the press. Under new Swedish laws, its country’s intelligence services will be able to monitor all correspondence going in and out of the nation and that would include phone calls made by journalists from Denmark to their colleagues or sources in Sweden. The Danish journalists now fear that a phone call made within Denmark might be intercepted if its signal passes through Swedish air or cyberspace.
Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard, president of DJ, warned “there could be a story within public administration or within a company where the source wants to pass on information anonymously.” In such situations, due to the new laws, these people might decide to remain silent for fear of having their presence known to superiors or authorities. Each time democratic societies decide to erode civil liberties in the name of national security, terrorists chalk up another victory in their fight against democracy.