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Tim Crook

Tim Crook

The announcement that the sacked Conservative Party Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, was going to take over from Sarah Sands as editor of the London Evening Standard has been greeted with incredulity. The presenter of the BBC’s Daily and Sunday Politics programme, Andrew Neil, initially thought it was ‘fake …

I’m not frightened of shot and shell quite frankly. Just happens I am not! You have an anti-flak jacket and I used to take mine and put it underneath my behind, double, because the shots would be from the ground most likely. Institute member Clare Hollingworth achieved legendary status in …

The former Belmarsh prison whistleblower, Robert Norman, is appealing to the UK Supreme Court over his conviction under Operation Elveden for taking money for stories on Britain’s prison crisis. He lost at the Court of Appeal in November 2016, but his campaign for exoneration, which is supported by the Institute, …

It is something of an understatement to say that the inauguration of a Donald Trump has begun a new chapter in US Presidential and media relations. The message from the new President is getting louder and clearer. He thinks many journalists are dishonest, and peddlers of ‘fake news.’ He has …

Apart from the government, it seems nobody has anything good to say about the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, otherwise known as the ‘Snoopers’ Charter.’ And not even the present government seems very enthusiastic about the Law Commission’s ‘consultation’ document for a new Espionage Act to protect official data. This threatens …

There has been some good news on the FOI front with the new Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, saying she supports the expansion of the Act to include private companies that provide public services. The UK’s FOI system, has been described by Tony Blair, the Prime Minister who introduced it, as his …
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The Institute has expressed its support for a former Belmarsh Prison Officer and trade union representative jailed in Operation Elveden, the Metropolitan Police operation investigating journalists who paid public official sources. Most of the journalists have been acquitted or told they will not be charged. This was the case with …