Top hacks rally behind brave Breen

Top politicians, hacks, and human rights campaigners have turned out to support the journalist under threat from jail over her expose on the real IRA. Award winning Investigative journalist John Pilger, Channel 4 veteran broadcaster Jon Snow were among those backing the campaign to save Suzanne Breen, the northern editor of the Sunday Tribune from facing jail as she has been in court this week. A full list of backers is available on The Tribune's website HERE. She is denying the police of Northern Ireland attempts to coax her to reveal her sources, a time honoured tradition in the PCC code of conduct, where hacks are advised to protect their sources. She has the backing of the National Union of Journalists and a petition on facebook. Under anti-terror legislation, they want her to hand over notebooks, phones and computers in an attempt to find out who was the source of her story. Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary, handed over the petiton in London. "This legal action is an attempt to coerce Suzanne into becoming an informer for the state - threatening her journalistic impartiality and putting her life in danger," she said.  "Impartial journalists are a force for democracy and peace. Impartial journalism will help to build trust between communities in Northern Ireland, Stainstreet added.  "We urge the new Secretary of State (Ben Bradshaw) to ensure that all legal threats are lifted from Suzanne. It is not in the public interest or the interests of the British government for this case to continue."