Chris Mallett reports in the Derby Telegraph of a case where Derby City council used the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) to spy on a Derby Telegraph reporter.
The incident was highlighted during a House Of Lords debate on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers act by Lord Black of Brentwood, executive director of the Telegraph Media Group.
However, they were seen by member of Council staff who alerted colleagues who dispatched two members of the internal audit department to conduct the surveillance. Lord Black highlighted that confidential sources like Miss Green’s were critical for reporting matters of public interest and said:
“Just think about the disastrous impact on local press reporting of local authorities if such sources of information dried up.”