A former Victorian editor of The Australian newspaper has been accused of biased reporting by outgoing Office of Police Integrity director Michael Strong.
A report released this week reveals a trail of misinformation, secret deals and media manipulation by a ministerial adviser that in part provoked the resignation of Victorian Police Commissioner Simon Overland.
Advocacy groups have been pushing to kick police units out of investigations into police matters for almost 20 years, writes Crikey intern Katie Weiss. Now there's a renewed push.
The Simon Artz "Oz Leaks" case committal will not start until next year -- more than 15 months first went to court -- as the Victoria Police's top brass moves to gag the media from reporting sensitive documents relating to the saga.
The Simon Artz "Oz Leaks" case returned to the Melbourne Magistrates' Court this morning but rumoured fireworks mooted in the lead-up -- that News Limited lawyers would try to have the proceedings moved in camera to protect its star associate editor Cameron Stewart -- failed to eventuate.
Sometime in the next couple of months, probably in August, the Victorian Office of Police Integrity will release its report on the complaint that Police Commissioner Simon Overland made against his deputy, Sir Ken Jones. Media leaking and media conduct will be at the heart of that report.
The Victorian Ombudsman has found that Police Commissioner Simon Overland was solely responsible for the release of assault statistics he knew were bodgie just before the Victorian election.
The Office of Police Integrity has been dealt a savage blow in its case against Victoria Police officer Simon Artz, after Magistrate Jack Vandersteen allowed all 12 contested witnesses to be cross-examined when the saga heads to trial next year.
A lack of police understanding about newspaper production schedules was apparently behind the premature publication by The Australian newspaper of information about an anti-terrorism operation. Margaret Simons details the long-awaited police report.