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Reporting the far right

Reporting the far right

EDL demonstrators on Whitehall, London, 27 May 2013

© Donnacha DeLong

6 March 2013

There is an international network of far-right organisations with a record of attacks on journalists and the union offers guidance and support for journalists reporting on them.

The NUJ has a long and proud history of championing ethical journalism - we condemn attacks on NUJ members when they have been targeted by the far right because of their work.

As journalists we have a responsibility to hold people to account and our job is to scrutinise issues that are in the public interest.

The NUJ encourages its members to expose the far right to public scrutiny and challenge their claims.

The NUJ code of conduct states: 

A journalist:

  • strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fairRace reporting guidelines cover
  • differentiates between fact and opinion
  • produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.

Eyewitness backs up NUJ account of EDL attacks reports Press Gazette.

EDL thugs “violently attacked” journalists, Left Foot Forward website.

Channel 4 News and BBC Newsnight have led the way in exposing Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn

On the streets with Hungary's far-right, reports from Channel 4 news. Watch the video.

Far right embraces fatwas, comments Jason N Parkinson, The Guardian.

Trade union policy

Journalists must be protected from violent attacks from groups such as the EDL and unions have agreed policy as part of TUC Congress 2011. Anita Halpin presented the NUJ emergency motion to congress and explained how journalists going about their jobs had been punched, kicked and threatened by members of the far right.

NUJ activists have also been targeted by the fascist website Redwatch.

“We don't want to have to add a British journalist's death to the already too-long list of colleagues abroad,” she said.

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