I would like to be very clear that the freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy, and I am committed to protecting the rights and values we all hold dear. There have been a number of reports that the legislation will treat journalists like spies. This is incorrect and I can assure you that the media will continue to be free to hold ministers to account. I simply would not support legislation that limits or erodes press freedom.
The threat of hostile activity from states targeting the UK’s democracy, economy and values is ever evolving and we need to stay one step ahead. I am confident that the new National Security Bill will keep pace with the changing threat and will keep our country safe by making the UK an even harder target for those states who seek to conduct hostile acts.