British Police Demand Riot Footage From Media

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MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 09: People run down Market Street in Manchester City Centre on August 9, 2011 in Manchester, England. After three nights of rioting and looting in and around London, the chaos is starting to spread to other cities around Britain.  (Photo by Nathan Cox/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 09: People run down Market Street in Manchester City Centre on August 9, 2011 in Manchester, England. After three nights of rioting and looting in and around London, the chaos is starting to spread to other cities around Britain. (Photo by Nathan Cox/Getty Images) Photo: Nathan Cox/2011 Nathan Cox

U.K. broadcasters including the BBC, ITN, and Sky News, along with the Daily Telegraph newspaper, have been forced by court order to hand over raw footage from the summer riots to Scotland Yard. Judges in such cases are tasked with weighing the police's need for evidence against the principles of a free press. "It is very, very rare that we are served with a court order to hand over footage like this," said one broadcaster. "We don't hand over material willy-nilly because it compromises the security of our journalists on the streets. Clearly we don't want them being seen as an evidence-gathering arm of the police." [Guardian UK]