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Nearly four years after Operation Elveden was launched, the Met Police investigation into payments to public officials by journalists has largely collapsed.
While 21 public officials have been convicted (according to the CPS), only one journalist conviction stands out of 34 who have been arrested and/or charged. Three journalists are still set to face trial.
The effect on individual journalists caught up in the inquiry has been devastating in many cases. The cost to the taxpayer is in the tens of millions. The chilling effect on freedom of expression is ongoing.
Arthur Edwards is pictured above at an internal News UK event where he was interviewed by Alice Thomson of The Times
Long-serving Sun photographer Arthur Edwards MBE is known to the Queen as Mr Edwards, Prince Charles as Arthur, and is shown great “respect” by Princes William and Harry. Over his 38 years as a royal photographer, Edwards estimates he’s travelled to more than 100 countries on 200-plus tours with the family.
An environmental journalist has achieved a victory over the Information Commissioner in an attempt to obtain information about bad landlords under the Freedom of Information Act.
A tribunal has ordered the Ministry of Justice to hand over the information on convicted landlords to Tom Wall, digital editor of the Environmental Health News, after they rejected the IC’s decision that the information should be kept secret.
The BBC has announced plans to roll out a website feature which it says will improve linking to local newspaper stories across England.
Following successful pilots in West Yorkshire and the North East, the BBC Local Live stream is to be taken to Birmingham (pictured) and will be used across the country by mid-2016, according to the corporation.
The Sun has declined to remove or edit a controversial column about migrants written by Katie Hopkins despite a complaint to the police and more than 200,000 signing a protest petition.
The Society of Black Lawyers has written to Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe to complain about the piece claiming that it is an incitement to racial hatred.
The group also claims to have written to the International Criminal Court describing the article as an “incitement to commit crimes against humanity”.