Great Manchester Police have launched an “unprecedented” bid to grab the notes of journalists who interviewed terror suspect Hassan Butt – even though they have him in custody.
Disclosure orders have been filed against the BBC, Sunday Times, Prospect and CBS. Meanwhile, journalist Shiv Malik next week takes his fight against disclosing his notes to the High Court next week.
We examine the implications of a case which could “make journalists an arm of the state”.
Also in the magazine this week:
- Exclusive interview with Guardian News and Media editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger as plans to merge the editorial teams of The Guardian, Observer and Guardian.co.uk are unveiled.
- Our campaign against the Conditional Fee Agreement legal rules which are costing publishers millions continues as we name and shame the latest millionaire celebrity to take advantage of a system which was intended to help the poor.
- British Press Awards digital journalist of the year Sean Smith explains why his award-winning videos will never replace still photography.
- Launch editor of Front magazine Piers Hernu casts an expert eye over the four original lads’ mags. “Maxim is lightweight and will soon weigh nothing at all”, he says. Ouch.
And in The Knowledge:
- Financial Times media correspondent explains how he uncovered a World War Two era forgery scandal involving the national archives. “In the current, hectic rush of the world we don’t always have time to be as skeptical as we should be,” he says.
- Critic Mark Fisher explains how to write the perfect theatre review.