The GrayZone reporter detained by UK police
The GrayZone reveals that its reporter in the UK, Kit Klarenberg, has been detained and interrogated for his writings.
The Grayzone revealed that British counter-terror police detained journalist Kit Klarenberg upon his arrival at London's Luton airport and interrogated him for many hours about his political beliefs and reporting for its platform.
Six nameless plainclothes counter-terror detectives detained journalist Kit Klarenberg as soon as he landed in Britain on May 17, 2023, as per the report.
Police pulled him to a back room and interrogated him for more than five hours about his reporting for the publication, and also forced him to share his opinion about everything from the present British political leadership to the war in Ukraine.
During his imprisonment, authorities confiscated his electronic gadgets and SD cards, fingerprinted him, collected DNA swabs, and photographed him extensively, and also threatened to arrest him if he did not cooperate, according to The Grayzone.
The report also hinted that the arrest of Klarenberg is related to the reporter's blockbuster stories, which unmask significant British and US intelligence schemes.
“I’d been expecting something like this since a police interview request arrived last summer,” Klarenberg said as quoted by The Grayzone, in reference to a communique he got from a senior British detective on July 27, 2022.
At the time, the email demanded that Klarenberg come to a station to be questioned about charges of "computer misuse" by an unknown complainant.
It is worth noting that British police returned Klarenberg's tablet with masking tape over its cameras and two recording cards a week after releasing him from jail. One old SD card, largely holding music, was kept by the police because it may be "relevant to criminal proceedings."
The reporter is still being investigated by the British government, the report stated.
This is not the first time that the UK has launched an assault on the freedom of press for political purposes. Scores of journalists from around the world have protested the UK's imprisonment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting attempts to extradite him to the US.