Greenpeace campaigners risk jail to fight terror laws

Greenpeace has said its campaigners are prepared to risk jail over

its PR effort to stop the Government introducing tough new

anti-terrorist legislation.



The environmental pressure group launched a daily PR offensive this week

accusing the Government of blocking the public's right to information

about details of nuclear waste transportation.



And this will be carried on even in the face of potential seven-year

prison sentences, according to Greenpeace nuclear spokeswoman Emma

Gibson.



She said: 'We are extremely concerned about the provision of information

about nuclear sites in this proposed legislation.



'We have no intention of stopping our campaign. We will continue

publishing information even if the legislation is passed and becomes

law. If it means jail then we will take the consequences,' she

added.



Nuclear activity is one of the clauses in the proposed new bill which,

if passed, will make it illegal to distribute information about it.



The Government is attempting to rush through a newly-drawn up

anti-terrorism, crime and security bill following the US terror attacks

in September.



Measures in the bill, which could become law within four weeks, will

stop people from publishing information on nuclear technologies, nuclear

sites and the transportation of nuclear materials.



The maximum penalty for breaking the law would be seven years'

imprisonment.



Full-page ads appeared in the national press this week, accompanied by

media relations activity including daily website updates and radio and

TV interviews.



Maps have been published in newspapers showing nuclear waste train

routes through London and Greenpeace has placed findings of public

investigations on its UK website.



Greenpeace argues that nuclear shipments from Sellafield to Japan, and

from Scotland to Germany, have been routed by road and sea, carrying

highly toxic waste that is a threat to the environment and the

public.



The group's UK executive director Stephen Tindale said: 'Letting people

know about the secretive and dangerous goings-on of the nuclear industry

is a public service.



'If the Government thinks the nuclear industry is a threat to our safety

and security, then it is the industry that must be stopped,' he

added.



A Home Office spokesman declined to comment on Greenpeace's stance, only

to say that legislation was necessary for public safety in the wake of

events in the US.



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