Session 2007-08, 27 October 2008

Oral evidence

Oral evidence


Committee announces one-off evidence session on Police and the Media

The Home Affairs Committee will hold a one-off evidence session on Tuesday 4 November entitled ‘Police and the Media’.

The session will explore the relationship between the police and the media. In particular, the Committee will question witnesses representing the police, the media and civil rights campaigners about the appropriateness of off-the-record briefings, in which journalists are given confidential details of ongoing investigations by the police.

At 10.30 am

  • Shami Chakrabarti, Director, Liberty

At 10.50 am (approx.)

  • Jon Silverman, freelance journalist and Professor in Media and Criminal Justice, University of Bedfordshire

At 11.10 am (approx.)

  • Deputy Chief Constable Phil Gormley, West Midlands Police
  • Deputy Chief Constable Andy Trotter, Chair of ACPO Media Advisory Group

Location (tbc): Wilson Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons.

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee room and timing are subject to change.