The Press: Roadblocks on Fleet Street

It seemed like an enterprising piece of reporting: that the Irish Republican Army might have learned how to detonate terrorist bombs in Northern Ireland by remote radio signal. The story added, helpfully enough, that if British army technicians could learn what radio frequencies the I.R.A. used, the bombs could be detonated prematurely.

The article appeared last May in London's Time Out, a trendy counterculture weekly, and the British government was apparently not amused. Last month Scotland Yard arrested two Time Out reporters, Crispin Aubrey, 31, and Duncan Campbell, 24, as well as a former British army signal corpsman, John Berry, 33, for...

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