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  • Anti-terror media briefings

    by Sunny
    8th May, 2007 at 2:58 pm    

    Human rights group Liberty have issued a call today for the Home Office to establish a protocol for communication between civil servants, the police and the media around terrorism raids. I haven’t got the time to explain here why I believe this to be very important, but it is. Liberty’s Shami Chakrabarti says:

    “Professional news reporting and accurate public information are vital in the face of the terrorist threat. So it’s high time that there were clear protocols to avoid the distorted, unaccountable and badly timed briefings that are so damaging to police operations, fair trials and community confidence.”

    In a paper released today, “Setting the Record Straight – the dangers of off the record briefings during anti-terror operations,” Liberty highlights unsourced reporting of raids including in the West Midlands in late January 2007, the Forest Gate incident in June 2006, and the Ricin plot of 2003.

    You can read Liberty’s press release from here. The page also has two documents on the right-hand side: Liberty’s paper on the protocols, and the Home Office’s response to a FOI request about briefings made to the media. Both worth reading.

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    1. bananabrain — on 8th May, 2007 at 4:00 pm  

      except that if journalists aren’t in the loop about this, or can’t be bothered to get in it, or can’t be bothered to get out of bed, or just fancy giving the government or the police or the security services a kicking, they can always fall back on “extrapolating from informed sources**”.



      ** make it up

    2. bananabrain — on 8th May, 2007 at 4:01 pm  

      or say things about how “there is speculation about X…***”



      *** quote other people who are making things up

    3. soru — on 8th May, 2007 at 4:17 pm  

      I think I mentioned before how, after 7/7, I almost became an ‘source close to the operation’ to a daily mid-market tabloid, despite the fact my only contact with the police is watching ‘Life on Mars’ and that time I accidentally drove away from the petrol station without paying.

    4. G. Tingey — on 8th May, 2007 at 5:12 pm  

      Ah the “Ricin plot”, that wasn’t a plot, and there wasn’t any actual, as opposed to putative, ricin …….

    5. Joshly — on 11th May, 2007 at 6:29 am  

      This is a fascinating post! It could not have been expressed better.

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