Police production orders turn journalists into "informers"

Immigration minister Damian Green has expressed "sympathy" for journalists who are assaulted in the course of their work, while his colleague defended the use of court orders forcing news organisations to hand over footage to police.

Green was asked in the House of Commons yesterday if any recent assessments had been of the number of physical assaults against journalists covering news stories.

He replied that information on physical assaults against journalists was not available from the crime statistics held by the Home Office.

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