Kim Darroch: Boris Johnson joins defence of press over cables publication

Fellow Tory Michael Fallon had suggested journalists should be subject to Official Secrets Act

Boris Johnson has come out in defence of the right of the press to publish leaked diplomatic dispatches sent by the former British ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch, saying it would amount to “an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate”.

Johnson criticised the police over a warning to journalists that they could face prosecution if they publish any further leaked cables.Speaking at a Tory leadership hustings at Wyboston, in Bedfordshire, he said that while it was right the perpetrator of the leak was “hunted down and prosecuted” it was wrong for police to target the media.

“It cannot conceivably be right that newspapers or any other media organisation publishing such material face prosecution,” he added.

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