Union offers legal helpline for G20 journalists
The National Union of Journalists is providing emergency legal help to members covering the protests against the G20 summit of world leaders in London.
A helpline has been set up so that photographers, videographers and reporters can call if they get arrested, assaulted or in any other trouble that needs a solicitor.
Union officials are patrolling the main protest sites in the City of London, monitoring the way journalists are treated and handing out leaflets with the emergency numbers.
The numbers are 020 7843 3721 (until 5.30 pm) and 07710 314593 thereafter.
The legal back-up is offered only to NUJ members who are working - not to those taking part in the protests as private citizens.
John Toner, NUJ Freelance Organiser, said: “Previous summits have proved that members might have a need for advice and representation by solicitors specialising in criminal law. The NUJ is offering this service to its members, but hoping no one will have to make use of it.”
1 April 2009