‘Press, cops too cosy’

2012-01-04 13:28

A UK media watchdog says urgent action is needed to overhaul Scotland Yard’s culture of leaking sensitive police information to the British media.

Elizabeth Filkin – a former Parliamentary standards chief – said today that police officers should start recording all their contacts with reporters.

Her report also warns of the risks of “flirty reporters” and calls for an end to traditional confidential chats between police and reporters in Britain’s pubs.

Filkin had been asked to investigate following allegations that British tabloid reporters paid police for information.

London’s top police officer Paul Stephenson quit in July over his links to a former news executive turned PR consultant.

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