Protection of journalists' sources

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3191
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Are you concerned that the Metropolitan Police obtained the telephone records of a journalist without his consent, and without any warrant or other court order, despite laws which entitle journalists to keep their sources confidential?

Answer

Answer for Protection of journalists' sources

Answer for Protection of journalists' sources

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It would be inappropriate for me to comment on an operational matter further.

The MPS use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) is scrutinised by the Office of the Surveillance Commissioner and the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office.

In order to obtain such an authority under RIPA, officers must demonstrate that it is proportionate, legal and necessary and, in line with current practice, in this case the authorising officer was independent from the investigation team. I have been assured that managing collateral intrusion was considered at every stage and, so long as the police use of these powers is lawful and appropriate, I am supportive.