The recent revelation that police forces now require officers to declare the names of any journalists with whom they are in touch as part of “counter-corruption guidance” was greeted with much dismay.
Rebecca Camber, the Daily Mail’s crime editor and chair of the Crime Reporters Association (CRA), suggested that this “equates the profession of journalism with criminals, extremists, suspects and sex workers… Forcing police officers to list association with journalists will have a chilling effect on police-press relations, discouraging whistleblowers from speaking out and deterring officers from having legitimate, essential contact with the media.” The Society of Editors agreed…
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