Police lose bid to seize notes about Islamic State bride from British journalists
Journalists who interviewed IS bride Shamima Begum will not be forced to hand over their notes to the Metropolitan Police, a judge has ruled.
Scotland Yard had sought a court order for material from The Times, Sky News, ITN and the BBC as counter-terrorism detectives investigate the 19-year-old, who was discovered in a Syrian refugee camp earlier this year.
Shamima Begum was one of three schoolgirls – along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase from Bethnal Green in east London – who travelled together to Syria.
Begum was 15 when she left the UK to join Islamic State and has since been stripped of her British citizenship.
Her family are appealing against that decision and she remains in Syria.
In her interview with Sky correspondent John Sparks, Begum claimed she was “just a housewife” during her four years in the terrorist caliphate.
She married a young Dutch IS fighter called Yago Riedijk three weeks after she arrived. They had three children, who all died in infancy.