Ok, if you had to choose between, let's say, Egypt or the United Kingdom, and predict which country you think is more likely to detain someone for nine hours without cause, I'm willing to bet that most of you would say Egypt. The UK after all doesn't do stuff like that. However, it turns out, of course, that we apparently do.
One thing has been made abundantly clear by events over the last week: the real threat to press freedom in Britain stems not from any statutory regulation of the press - against which editors have waged a sustained and indignant campaign over the last year. It stems rather from the application and abuse of existing legislation and norms.
Miranda's arrest and Rusbridger's revelations should alarm those members of public who still believe that the British government acts in the best interests of democracy and freedom. It is evident that, in the words of Kirsty Hughes of Index on Censorship, "it seems that the UK government is using, and quite likely misusing, laws to intimidate journalists and silence its critics".