London Guardian 
August 26, 2013
David Cameron has been told that the government’s attempt to destroy sensitive leaked documents about mass surveillance was “an act of intimidation” that risks a chilling effect on press freedom.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has written to the prime minister over the government’s “deeply regrettable” response to files leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The body, which represents 18,000 publications from 3,000 companies, condemned officials for their “symbolic” attempt to restrict reporting by destroying computer hard drives held by the Guardian.
“That your government felt the need to threaten legal action in order to block reporting into issues of public interest is deeply regrettable,” the organisation wrote in its letter to the prime minister.