Met 'asked BBC reporters to hand over demonstration footage'


BBC journalists have been asked by the Metropolitan Police if they would hand over footage of last month’s march on Government cuts to help an investigation into violence that erupted, according to a report.

‘It is understood that detectives from the Met have contacted a number of people in BBC News about the possibility of obtaining unseen material of the event,’the Guardian reported last night.

‘Officially, a spokesman for the Metropolitan police said it was currently “considering” requesting media organisations for unbroadcast footage. However, unofficial contact already appears to have been made with some journalists at the BBC.”

The news led quickly to a condemnation from the National Union of Journalists.

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