Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been told to allow journalists to continue their work in communities during the government’s coronavirus lockdown.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council issued guidance to police officers who are likely to come into contact with the press during the course of their work over the coming weeks and months.
The document confirms that journalists are covered as key workers, and goes on to state:
“Police officers are likely to have contact with journalists who will continue doing their job during the Government’s Covid-19 Coronavirus restrictions. The following guidance outlines how this should be approached.
– “There is a public interest in keeping the population informed of the developing crisis and subsequent recovery / return to normality
– “Responsible journalism promotes good community relations and assists the emergency services, which is essential in the current health emergency
– “Journalists will be expected to carry a UK Press Card or other official record of employment
– “Police will engage with them if officers are unsure why they are out.
“We will expect them to comply with the Public Health guidelines e.g. on numbers, social distancing, and if not we’ll explain and encourage them to do so”.
You can read more about this on the National Union of Journalists’ website here.
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