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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.

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