Ministers asked to meet NUJ about police production orders

Police line during G20 protests. Photo: Chris Belsten

‘Home Office questioned over use of production orders against journalists’
Carmarthen East MP Jonathan Edwards and Luton North MP Kelvin Hopkins have called on Home Office ministers to meet with the National Union of Journalists to discuss the use of police production orders to gather journalistic material.Jonathan Edwards says “The use of production orders by the police, such as in the case of Dale Farm, has the potential to increase risks for journalists as they are, in effect, seen as informers, as well as undermining journalistic independence.”

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‘Aside from Thatcher, Murdoch secretly lobbied Harold Wilson too’
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‘Police blamed for McCann and Jefferies media mistakes’
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ITV have a new look website, which rethinks what a story is and how people get their news.

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