Backing a free Press
AFTER the Leveson inquiry, senior police clamped down on the public’s right to know. Chief constables embraced secrecy, cut information flow and all but outlawed contact between officers and the Press.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Hogan-Howe let tens of millions of pounds be wasted on a largely fruitless investigation into reporters’ contacts with police.
This week came a welcome sign from his successor, Cressida Dick, that the attack on Press freedom is coming to an end, as she declared her determination to ‘reset’ the force’s relationship with journalists.
Could this be a turning point for relations – with all the benefits for openness, accountability and democracy that would bring? The Mail passionately hopes so.