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Journalism in the age of mass surveillance: safeguarding journalists and their sources


Thursday 16 October 2014

09.00 - 17.00

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Kings Place, London


Since the first stories revealing the extent of mass surveillance appeared in the Guardian in 2013, the Snowden files have helped to shine a light on the widespread secret surveillance carried out by governments around the world.

More recently, in the UK, disclosures that police have obtained journalists’ phone records to identify confidential sources has been condemned by civil society and defenders of press freedom.

Journalists have been spied on, their phone records secretly pored over and their communications seized. This has significant implications for journalism and the ability of journalists to protect their sources.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) are holding an international conference, hosted by Guardian News & Media, to discuss key concerns for press freedom and to explore practical steps for safeguarding journalists and their sources.

The conference takes place on Thursday 16 October 2014 at Kings Place in London from 09.00 – 17.00 and will bring together journalists and media workers from around the world, politicians, trade unionists, lawyers, civil rights and privacy campaigners.

Some of the themes that will be explored on the day include:
•             Big Brother is watching you: Mass surveillance of the media industry
•             Practical steps: Safeguarding journalists and their sources
•             Joining forces and building alliances to defend against mass surveillance

Speakers confirmed include Alan Rusbridger from the Guardian News & Media, Michelle Stanistreet from the National Union of Journalists, Jim Boumelha from the International Federation of Journalists, Massimo Mucchetti from Corriere della Sera, Gavin Millar QC from Doughty Street Chambers, Mark Thomas comedian and political activist, Bernie Lunzer from the US Newspaper Guild and Izza Leightas from Human Rights Watch.

For videos, reports and resources from the conference, please visit the dedicated webpage for the campaign.

Further details and contact information

Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer

Tags: , communications, surveillance, guardian news and media, ifj, ethics, journalist material, protection of sources, code of conduct, snoopers' charter