MEPs have rejected an amendment to ban EU governments from spying on journalists in a vote in the European parliament on new media laws.
The decision has left campaigners concerned about the impact on media freedom and free speech. However, MEPs defended their decision, stating that the new spyware clause, which includes safeguards to protect the confidentiality of journalistic sources, is a "de facto ban on spyware".
They argue that spyware is indiscriminate and will sweep up all data, making it impossible to preserve the confidentiality of a journalist's phone.
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