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Now police place journalists in same bracket as criminals: Officers will be forced to name any friends who work in the media… or face the sack

Chris Greenwood
UK Daily Mail [1]
May 21, 2013

Police officers must declare if they are friends with journalists under draconian new guidelines published yesterday.

As a result, every officer in England and Wales must formally report any friendship outside his workplace with a journalist.

And if they fail to do so and are judged to have concealed the relationship, they could now face dismissal for gross misconduct.

This effectively means that people working in media organisations would be placed in the same bracket as criminals.

The decision will alarm Government ministers and censorship campaigners, who fear police forces are shutting their doors to scrutiny.

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