A furore has broken out rightly on daft and dangerous proposals by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) to refuse to release the names of people they arrest in the course of criminal investigations. As the Mail on line reported this weekend (http://bit.ly/12BhfaN ) the proposal has been condemned as secret justice and produced angry responses from Index on Censorship and the Society of Editors. The police seem to be using Leveson as cover to do this.
But it smacks of the worst kind of justice where people disappear after being taken off the streets in countries like Russia, Zimbabwe and tinpot dictatorships.
But there is a practical aspect of this policy that has been completely overlooked. It is because Acpo have taken the view that they are a news supplier which gives the media stories and forgotten that it is two way traffic. The investigative media also uncover…
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