Miranda has suffered for his connection to the Snowden affair. In 2013 after visiting Laura Poitras in Berlin he was held by anti-terrorist officers at London’s Heathrow airport on his return journey to Rio de Janeiro. They questioned him for nine hours and confiscated his computer equipment, USB sticks, phones and games consoles before releasing him without charge.
In his interview with ECPMF, Miranda explains why privacy is important to journalists - who need to protect their confidential sources - and how Edward Snowden continues to campaign despite being unable to leave Russian territory. As a former National Security Agency contractor, Snowden had access to the highest levels of classified documents and leaked 38.000 secret files. He now lives in Moscow, where relations with the US are strained. So he may face arrest and extradition to the United States if he tried to leave.
The draft of the Snowden Treaty is still not complete, and its backers are calling for participation from media freedom campaigners all over the world, to make it robust and truly representative.
Here is the latest wording.
It will be received by the new Rapporteur on Privacy Joseph Canatacci, an international lawyer and professor at universities in Malta, Australia and the USA who has specialised in digital rights and published a book on privacy. In his application for the new job – published on the UN website – he remarks that his academic teams are gender-imbalanced, with three women for every man. “We are interested in developing privacy rights which may particularly advance the position of women in society” he says, adding that he wants to be a ‘Rapporteur for everybody’.
Whatever happens to the petition, it will probably need to be printed out on paper for Mr. Canatacci. He respects his own privacy so much that he is not enrolled on Twitter, Facebook or any other social media platform.
However it has also been delivered to the Pope and the Holy Father – who has addressed the United Nations General Assembly – is active on Twitter with the handle @Pontifex.