World press freedom day: Who are the people who own our press? Tom Bower, chronicler of media moguls and author of a new book about the Express newspaper's owner Richard "Dirty Des" Desmond and Des Freedman, chair of the Media Reform Coalition, join a panel discussion chaired by Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary on Tuesday 5 May at Headland House. Visit the Eventbrite events page for more details and to book a place.
Workers memorial day: Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those workers on 28 April. The union is encouraging members to organise fundraising for the IFJ safety fund which is internationally recognised as a source of support for journalists under threat. It is the only international assistance fund for journalists established by journalists. Raise money in your workplace, chapel and branch and to donate via the IFJ safety website.
Irish Press Group: An event has been organised to mark the 20th anniversary of the company’s closure and will take place on Friday 22 May at 19.00 at the Teacher’s Club in Dublin. More information and contact details are available on the NUJ website.
Surveillance campaign: For many years increasing evidence has pointed to police intelligence units’ interest in journalists whose work led them into contact with political and environmental protestors. This month’s London Photographers Branch meeting has five of the six NUJ members who fought to reveal they were listed as ‘domestic extremists’ on a secret police database as the guest speakers. The event takes place at 18.00 Tuesday 28 April at Headland House. More details available on the branch website.
Protecting journalistic material: A free legal advice session has been organised by Bindmans solicitors on Wednesday 29 April at 18.00 in London. The session will cover the existing legal framework , police powers and the protection of sources and materials. More information and to register for the event via the Bindmans website.
Welsh media conference: The one-day conference co-hosted by NUJ Wales scheduled for Saturday 30 May has been postponed.