Thursday, July 25, 2024

Major report looks at relationship between press and police

A MAJOR report, co-authored by the Society of Editors, has said that building trust between journalists and police officers is key to re-establishing the relationship between the wider police and media.

The ‘Police and the Media: Repairing the Relationship‘ report, published today (Friday 21 June 2024), sets out 26 recommendations to restore trust between officers and reporters and warns that the ‘pendulum has swung too far’ and urgent changes are needed.

The publication of today’s recommendations by the Crime Reporters Association (CRA), SoE and Media Lawyers Association (MLA) comes ahead of a police and media roundtable taking place next week which has been organised by the National Police Chiefs’ Council looking at how to rebuild the policing and media relationship. The workshop follows the publication last year of Lancashire Police’s review into the handling of the investigation into Nicola Bulley and an acknowledgement by the College of Policing that relations between the police and media remain ‘fractured’ and that action is needed to ‘rebuild’ and strengthen it for the benefit of the public.


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