The Queensland Police Union says personal information of journalists has allegedly been examined as part of an internal investigation into officers with close links to journalists.
General secretary Mick Barnes says members have told the Union that Ethical Standards investigators are targeting officers who talk or socialise with the media.
Mr Barnes says he has received advice that private telephone records and the bank statements of police officers and journalists have been examined.
Dear Queensland Police, if you want to get a handle on this free press thing, THIS is how you do it:
NAZRAN, Russia (Reuters) – An opposition Internet news site owner in Russia’s troubled Ingushetia region was fatally shot on Sunday soon after being detained by police, and his colleagues called for a rally to protest his death.
Magomed Yevloyev is one of the most high-profile journalists to be killed in Russia since investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya was shot dead near her Moscow apartment in 2006, provoking condemnation of Russia’s record on media freedom.
Yevloyev, owner of the www.Ingushetiya.ru website, was a vocal critic of the region’s Kremlin-backed administration, accused by opponents of crushing dissent and free speech.
A lawyer for the website — which survived repeated official attempts to close it down — said police met Yevloyev at the steps of the aircraft after he flew in to Ingushetia’s airport, put him in a Volga saloon car and drove him away.
“As they drove he was shot in the temple… They threw him out of the car near the hospital,” lawyer Kaloi Akhilgov told Reuters by telephone.
“He was discovered there and they quickly put him on the operating table, which is where he died.”
Your bad publicity and leak problems will stop in nothing flat!
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