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The NUJ has a cross-party parliamentary group which meets regularly while the UK parliament is sitting.

The chair of the group is Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, a former magazine and newspaper writer and long-standing NUJ member. The vice-chairs come from across the political spectrum and will be confirmed after the summer recess.

The NUJ is not affiliated to any political party and organises meetings and campaigns with politicians on union priorities agreed by NUJ members.

The NUJ campaigns and communications department is responsible for working with members of the NUJ parliamentary group. To raise issues in parliament, please email: campaigns@nuj.org.uk

The NUJ also works with the Trade Union Co-ordinating Group and supports TUC parliamentary campaigns.

The NUJ takes an interest in a range of parliamentary committees, contributes to parliamentary inquiries and public consultations on legislation. Details of all the latest bills and legislation are available on the www.parliament.uk website.

Access the latest news on the NUJ's work in the UK parliament. You can also read the news on the NUJ's parliamentary work in the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NUJ briefings and submissions

All the unions briefings and submissions are published and available on the dedicated web page:

NUJ submissions and briefings.

Early day motions (EDMs)

Early day motions are tabled in parliament for MPs to support.

Latest list of all EDMs.

You can ask your MP to support an EDM in parliament.

The EDMs listed below are supported by the NUJ.

You can find out what your local MP has said on NUJ related issues and you can contact your MP via the They Work For You website.

Early Day Motions supported by the NUJ

Early Day Motions supported by the NUJ

2020

EDM 748: Return of journalist material in relation to No Stone Unturned documentary
That this House welcomes the clear and unambiguous ruling of the Lord Chief Justice in the case of journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney, whose arrests for their role in making the award-winning documentary No Stone Unturned about the Loughinsland massacre were judge to be unlawful; notes that the arrests were carried out by Durham Constabulary at the behest of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on warrants issued outside the correct legal framework; further welcomes the recent unreserved apology made to the two journalists by the PSNI, which committed to reviewing the legal judgement to learn all appropriate lessons; believes that not only were the unlawful arrests a cause of distress, the position of the police since the illegal detentions has had a devastating impact on those two NUJ members; notes that the PSNI still retains a vast amount of journalistic material despite the issue of the court order; calls on the Chief Constable to demonstrate the sincerity of the apology by bringing to an end this shameful episode by arranging the immediate return of all material seized or copied; and further calls on the PSNI to act on the information contained in No Stone Unturrned to ensure that justice is delivered for the families of the Loughinisland victims. 

EDM 723: Conduct of British Association of Journalists
That this House is appalled by the behaviour of the tiny British Association of Journalists (BAJ), which is not affiliated to the TUC and has no international trade union connection, in reaching a wholly unethical and unprincipled sweetheart deal with the management of Iran International; believes that this move was a deliberate attempt to undermine the rights of minority ethnic workers seeking formal recognition of the National Union of Journalists, whose case is active with ACAS; notes that previously there were no known BAJ members or presence at the company, but understands there is now a single BAJ representative, a senior manager appointed by the union and management, and staff are now being put under pressure to join the union; and supports NUJ members at Iran International, NUJ chapels and branches nationwide, the TUC and wider trade union movement and in offering solidarity in their efforts to secure democratic and independent trade union representation.

EDM 285: Local News Matters campaign
That this House recognises the importance of quality local journalism; commends those who dedicate their working lives to serving the public by reporting important, timely and accurate information that is in the public interest; notes the importance of media reporting and how it helps to maintain local transparency and accountability and supports the health of democracy at a local level; celebrates that, from reporting on floods or courts, to covering significant community events and issues, the work done by local journalists is essential in sustaining public life; and therefore resolves to support the National Union of Journalists' Local News Matters campaign, and further consider ways in which additional investment, resources and support for local journalism can be encouraged in order to protect the future viability and sustainability of local quality news. 

EDM 206: Freedom of expression in Somalia
That this House is concerned by the new draft media law in Somalia that would restrict the right to freedom of expression; notes that the Federal Parliament of Somalia sought to amend media legislation to grant the Federal Ministry of Information extensive powers to interfere in the work of journalists and independent media houses, and impact on public interest reporting in country; further notes that the law has a number of unacceptably broad restrictions on the content of what may be published or broadcast, including a prohibition on false news, encouragement of tribalism, baseless propaganda and violating sound Somali culture; believes that the draft law would also establish a costly and unnecessary new system of prosecutors to bring and hear cases regarding media crimes; is concerned that the draft law includes legal sanctions for a long new list of media crimes which are vague and breaches a journalist’s right to confidential sources; agrees with the National Union of Journalists and the National Union of Somali journalists that the draft law could enable the Somali authorities at both Federal and State level to arbitrarily prosecute journalists to undercut free expression and access to information; and calls on the Government to press President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to think again about the draft legislation and to decline to sign the media law and to ensure that any proposed amendments are in line with Somalia’s constitutional and international obligations and commitments to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the right to freedom of expression. That this House is concerned by the new draft media law in Somalia that would restrict the right to freedom of expression; notes that the Federal Parliament of Somalia sought to amend media legislation to grant the Federal Ministry of Information extensive powers to interfere in the work of journalists and independent media houses, and impact on public interest reporting in country; further notes that the law has a number of unacceptably broad restrictions on the content of what may be published or broadcast, including a prohibition on false news, encouragement of tribalism, baseless propaganda and violating sound Somali culture; believes that the draft law would also establish a costly and unnecessary new system of prosecutors to bring and hear cases regarding media crimes; is concerned that the draft law includes legal sanctions for a long new list of media crimes which are vague and breaches a journalist’s right to confidential sources; agrees with the National Union of Journalists and the National Union of Somali journalists that the draft law could enable the Somali authorities at both Federal and State level to arbitrarily prosecute journalists to undercut free expression and access to information; and calls on the Government to press President of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed to think again about the draft legislation and to decline to sign the media law and to ensure that any proposed amendments are in line with Somalia’s constitutional and international obligations and commitments to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the right to freedom of expression.

2017-19 Session

PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS AND ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FROM VIOLENCE

LOCAL COMMERCIAL RADIO CUTS 

 

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON THE PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

BBC FUNDING AND THE FUTURE OF WELSH-LANGUAGE BROADCASTER S4C

JOB LOSSES AND CUTS AT STV

EDM 1079: PART TWO OF THE LEVESON INQUIRY

EDM 828: MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN THE US
  
EDM 751: CARRIE GRACIE AND PAY EQUALITY AT THE BBC

EDM 53: NEWSQUEST - THE HERALD AND EVENING TIMES NEWSPAPERS

EDM 504: IMPORTANCE OF A FREE PRESS

EDM 485: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS

EDM 481: CERTIFICATION OFFICER'S LEVY ON TRADE UNIONS

Last parliamentary session ending June 2017 - 

EDM 1109: LOCAL NEWS MATTERS

EDM 1002: PROTECTION OF WHISTLEBLOWERS MAKING PUBLIC INTEREST DISCLOSURES

EDM 551: OUTSOURCING OF BBC RADIO PRODUCTION

EDM 511: LOCAL NEWSPAPERS IN SOUTH LONDON

EDM 474: FREEDOM OF THE MEDIA IN TURKEY

EDM 431: RESTRUCTURING OF BBC MONITORING SERVICES

EDM 304: JOURNALISTS AT BBC PARLIAMENT CHANNEL

EDM 150: TRINITY MIRROR AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

EDM: 128: FUTURE OF THE BBC NEWS CHANNEL

EDM 7: RELOCATION OF THE BLACK COUNTRY BUGLE

Last parliamentary session ending May 2016 -

EDM1310: JOB LOSSES AT GUARDIAN NEWSPAPERS

EDM 1187: CLOSURE OF THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER'S PRINT TITLES

EDM 1039: FINANCIAL TIMES PENSION SCHEME

EDM 1017: JOB LOSSES IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

EDM 954: NEWSQUEST TITLES IN GLASGOW

EDM 930: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

EDM 821: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN TURKEY

EDM 630: END IMPUNITY FOR CRIMES TARGETING JOURNALISTS

EDM 421: JOB LOSSES AND BUSINESS STRATEGY AT MEDIA WALES

EDM 263: SURVEILLANCE OF TRADE UNIONS AND THEIR MEMBERS 

EDM 179: LOCAL NEWSPAPERS IN SOUTH LONDON

EDM 93: TRINITY MIRROR JOB LOSSES

EDM 903: YEMEN AND THE KILLING OF JOURNALIST ABDULKARIM AL-KHAIWANI

EDM 902: CARMEN ARISTEGUI AND JOURNALISM IN MEXICO

EDM 899: COVERT SURVEILLANCE OF TRADE UNIONS

EDM 854: STATE OF MEDIA FREEDOM IN TURKEY

EDM 670: DEFENCE OF JOURNALISTS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

EDM 375: EAST TIMOR MEDIA ACT

EDM 585: CLOSURE OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

EDM 352: SAFEGUARDING JOURNALISTS AND THEIR SOURCES

EDM 203 DIVERSITY IN THE MEDIA

EDM 170: IMPRISONMENT OF JOURNALISTS IN EGYPT

EDM 1307: PRIVATE COPYING COPYRIGHT EXCEPTION

EDM 1273: MEDIA PLURALISM

EDM 1160: FUTURE OF BBC THREE

EDM 1088: NEWSQUEST NEWSPAPERS AND LOCAL JOURNALISM

EDM 1021: TERRORISM ACT AND PRESS FREEDOM

EDM 956: AL JAZEERA JOURNALISTS IN DETENTION IN EGYPT

EDM 909: THREATS TO ANABEL HERNÁNDEZ

EDM 886: LIVERPOOL POST NEWSPAPER

EDM 844: BANNING OF JOURNALISTS FROM FOOTBALL GROUNDS

EDM 795: DEFENCE OF PUBLIC INTEREST AND THE PROSECUTION OF JOURNALISTS

EDM 739: FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT FOR PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS

EDM 520: TRANSPARENCY OF LOBBYING, NON-PARTY CAMPAIGNING AND TRADE UNION ADMINISTRATION BILL

EDM 309: ATTACKS ON MEDIA FREEDOMS IN TURKEY

EDM 234: CLOSURE OF PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER IN GREECE

EDM 211: NATIONAL MEDIA MUSEUM

EDM 194: INCOME INEQUALITY

EDM 191: IMPORTANCE OF ARTS AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

EDM 183: THREAT OF CLOSURE TO NORTHERN MUSEUMS

EDM 138: DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT FUNDING OF S4C

EDM 126: RESPECT AT WORK IN THE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

EDM 80: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

EDM 67: VICTIMISATION OF TRADES UNION REPRESENTATIVES IN THE HOME DEPARTMENT

EDM 42: HILLSBOROUGH, ANNE WILLIAMS AND JUSTICE

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