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Appeal for information

Media relations with the police are to come under scrutiny next week as the Society of Editors meets with the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Controversial new guidelines on the release of information about accidents have been introduced, which lets the police decide if victims, casualties or offenders can be named.

An appeal has gone out to journalists who have experienced difficulties under the new rules.

Editors are increasingly concerned that information is drying up, that the public has a right to know – and they have a feeling the police may be holding back.

Society director Bob Satchwell said: “We are encouraging people to share their experience of problems they have had with the police.

“We are meeting with ACPO and the data protection commissioner next week and need material and examples of problems people have been having.”

The society needs as much ammunition as possible. Let him know about problems you are having on 01223 304080 or email society@ukeditors.com.

More information on the issues is available at The Society of Editors website.