Witness protection?

ARE THE guidelines on naming people connected with police investigations, issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers last May, having an ill effect on news reporting? The NUJ believes so - but it needs you to tell it what's actually happening.

The guidelines relate to the "naming of victims or witnesses involved in crime, road or other incidents". They state that victims, witnesses or next of kin are entitled by law not to have their personal details released without their permission. They invoke the Data Protection Act.

The NUJ's Ethics Council is investigating their impact. If you have experienced difficulty arising from these ACPO guidelines, please contact me. I would prefer to be able to name names, but I am prepared to treat information as confidential and will omit any details that could identify the journalist involved.

Mar/Apr 2000
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