The PSNI have been criticised by the National Union of Journalists after its officers, acting on foot of a warrant, seized a phone belonging to Derry journalist Eamonn McDermott. Mr McDermott, a former republican prisoner, frequently writes about dissident paramilitaries for the Derry Journal and other publications.
BBC News - NUJ criticises PSNI seizing Derry journalist's phone
It seems almost certain that the phone seizure relates to Mr McDermott's work on dissident republicans. Last year police took fellow journalist Suzanne Breen to court in an unsuccessful attempt to force her to reveal her dissident sources. This time they went to the trouble of getting a warrant first.
Does the seizure of Mr McDermott's phone (and thus the vital contact information essential to his job) represent an unacceptable attack on press freedom - or is it a necessary step in the battle against violent extremism?
Given the monitoring capabilities of GCHQ Cheltenham I feel that the seizure of any journalist's phone is totally unnecessary.