Anti-terrorism Act Threatens Your Right to Know

The Government's new Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill, contains measures to stop people publishing information on nuclear technologies, nuclear sites and the transport of nuclear materials. If the Bill became law it would stop journalists and campaign groups like Greenpeace from publicising investigations into nuclear safety and uncovering scandals in the nuclear industry. Greenpeace would not be able to tell people when nuclear trains were passing by their homes, for instance, or expose poor security in trucks carrying atomic waste.

Greenpeace believes that if the nuclear industry is so unsafe that journalists and campaign groups have to be gagged, it is the industry that must be stopped and not the public's right to see information that directly concerns our health and environment. Greenpeace believes that it is in the public interest to show how close nuclear waste travels to people's homes and to uncover safety lapses in nuclear transports.

Greenpeace has published maps of the routes nuclear trains take in Britain along with the timetables for the consignments and photographs of the trains. They will continue to add further information about the nuclear industry on their web site and you can visit regularly to get updates. Greenpeace believes that letting people know about the secretive and dangerous goings-on of the nuclear industry is a public service and will continue to publish this information in the future.

From Greenpeace web site

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