The report urges police to avoiding drinking with journalists, to watch out for flirtatious reporters, to be mindful of tricks to disclose sources, to expect to be taped, and to seek lots of permission before providing much information. Bribes are possible, conniving is likely, and lying is never out of the question with the media.
The report, written by Elizabeth Filkin and commissioned by the former chief of London police before his resignation, examined the relationship between police and the media. But its most salient observations are housed in the recommendations. The police commissioner said it is necessary to be more transparent with media, but the recommendations often focus on cautious practice.