The journalist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at the Old Bailey for conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by using prison officer Scott Chapman as the paid source for two stories on Jon Venables after he was sent back to jail in 2010 for child porn offences.
Threats to journalistic sources through police use of RIPA legislation, the EU's "right to be forgotten" ruling and suggestions from some politicians that they will "finish what they began with Leveson" after the General Election were all issues cited by Dacre.
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The journalist is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying prison officer Scott Chapman for stories about Jon Venables while he was in jail for child porn offences in 2010.
Press Gazette has repeatedly asked all the forces concerned with the other leak inquiries about RIPA use against journalists in these historic, closed, investigations and has met with a wall of silence on the issue.
But analysis of police evidence to the Leveson Inquiry suggests that RIPA surveillance is a tool which forces would have used when investigating leaks to the media.
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