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The union said Scotland desperately needed an organisation to champion public interest news, but it needed start-up funding from the government.
Recommendations to support and fund a diverse, pluralistic and sustainable press and public interest journalism has been published for consideration by the Scottish government.
Conference discussed and agreed policy on a range of governmental issues including sexual harassment, FOI legislation and Julian Assange.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said: “The NUJ has warned political parties across the UK against using the Covid-19 regulations as a way of restricting the reporting of events, campaigns, photocalls and press conferences.
The NUJ has urged the UK Chancellor to announce the details of the fourth grant for the self-employed now and not as part of his March budget.
The union said such a broad law would induce a chilling effect and endanger freedom of expression and is encouraged that the minister listened.
Following cross-party talks by Edinburgh Freelance Branch, the Conservatives responded positively by taking up proposals in the NUJ's News Recovery Plan
The NUJ has called for greater financial assistance from governments and employers for freelances as the Scottish government launches a hardship fund.
NUJ opposes excessive timescales in Scottish freedom of information bill.