Thursday, April 10, 2008

UK Police arrest journalists despite their own guidelines!



Cops arrest the same photographer who helped put these guidelines together with the Police. We produced a film a few years ago about this but sadly Police still arrest the media.


NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POLICE :: GUIDELINES FOR THE POLICE AND MEDIA AT INCIDENTS

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1. The media has a legitimate role to play in informing the public and they will attend the scene of incidents. The presence of a photographer or reporter at an incident does not of itself constitute any unlawful obstruction or interference.

2. Journalists need to collect information about an incident as quickly as possible. Some of this information may seem irrelevant, unimportant or improper to an officer. However, as long as the journalist does not break the law, or interfere with an investigation, or cross a cordon, the police officer should not impede the reporter. Journalists who break the law will be dealt with in the same manner as any other offender.

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