BBC News – Phone hacking: Who is in the line of fire?
he Commons Home Affairs Select Committee launched an inquiry into phone hacking last year following new claims the News of the World (NoW) intercepted messages of public figures. It is looking into the original 2006 police investigation, as well as Scotland Yard’s 2009 review. Senior officers – including Former Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman – have been questioned by MPs
The select committee has published a report criticising News International’s “deliberate attempts to thwart investigations” into hacking. It was also highly critical of the original police investigation
Review of media’s relationship with the Met Police
Former Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Elizabeth Filkin was asked by the prime minister to “examine the ethical considerations that should, in future, underpin the relationships between the Metropolitan Police and the media”.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary will also “consider instances of undue influence, inappropriate contractual arrangements and other abuses of power in police relationships with the media and other parties”.
There will be a review of the Independent Police Complaints Commission and whether it needs new powers to question civilian witnesses and investigate institutional failings
Elizabeth Filkin concluded that the “close relationship” between parts of Scotland Yard and the media had caused “serious harm”.
She said there were “some very serious issues” relating to contact between journalists and police which had “eroded trust from the public”.
Among her recommendations, she told officers to “watch out” for “late-night carousing” with journalists, and flirting.