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Report urges Met police to improve treatment of journalists

29 November 2010

A new official report has urged improvements in police treatment of journalists. Responding to G20, compiled and published by the Metropolitan Police Authority Civil Liberties Panel, is based on consultations with media workers and protestors.

The Panel recommends that the Metropolitcan Police must:

"Review its approach to news management to facilitate transparent and fair reporting by the media and 'citizen journalists'."
"If containment is used, officers should be required to record when they prevent journalists from crossing containment cordons and the reasons for doing so."
"Improve awareness of the Press Card".

On the question of the press card, the report says "there is a training need to ensure that all officers are aware of its implications."

John Toner, NUJ Freelance Organiser, said:

"The NUJ assisted the Panel in organising its session with media workers, and we are pleased to see that our concerns have been acknowledged and endorsed.
"Members often report that they encounter police officers who have neither seen nor heard of the press card, and we look forward to hearing how the MPS will implement this particular recommendation.
"We also hope that this is not a report that will be forgotten about. We look to the Panel to monitor how their recommendations are implemented and to evaluate the impact of their report in a year's time."

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