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Police press officers praise journalists for terror attack coverage

Police press officers have praised the way most journalists reported on the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Members of the Greater Manchester Police press office said that after the bomb attack the media had been “exceptional” and had “treated everyone involved with the utmost respect”.

The press officers spoke at a recent meeting of the National Police Chiefs’ Council Media Engagement group, adding that in their view only the international outlets and social media had caused affected families any problems.

According to the News Media Association, it was noted that while some families had been cautious about dealing with the media, the police press office had ensured they were able to make informed decisions on individual requests for interviews.

One of the MEN's front pages published in the aftermath of the attack

One of the MEN’s front pages published in the aftermath of the attack

In March, a report on the aftermath of the bombing highlighted the “sympathetic reporting” of local and regional newspapers while criticising other media for press intrusion.

Written by former head of the civil service Lord Kerslake, it singled out the Manchester Evening News and other local newspapers for their “sympathetic” coverage of the incident.

NMA chairman David Dinsmore has since written to Lord Kerslake after publication of the report to request a meeting to discuss the findings.

In his response, Lord Kerslake said he would be happy to meet and would look to arrange a date to do so.