Operation Alice or 'Plebgate' and journalists' phone records (4)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0505
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

If, as part of Operation Alice, the Metropolitan Police Service used RIPA to obtain the phone records of journalists and media organisations beyond those detailed in the investigation report, would you accept that the below statement issued to Press Gazette by the Met press office and through an FOI response, is misleading?

"We do not routinely confirm the individual cases where we make an application under RIPA. As part of Operation Alice the MPS took the unusual step of publicising a summary report of this investigation. That report confirmed where RIPA applications were made to obtain call data from a media organisation. Our use of RIPA as part of Operation Alice is outlined in this report." 

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