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Tim Dawson, IFJ deputy general secretary, reports from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal hearing where grave breaches by the PSNI over journalists’ surveillance and attempts to uncover a source have been disclosed.
Day 1 of the hearing over claims "No Stone Unturned" journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney were unlawfully monitored using covert surveillance.
The union has strongly urged long-awaited hearings of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal into targeted covert surveillance of journalists Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney by UK authorities, be held in open court.
The Private Members’ Bill marks a “crucial milestone for the UK to stamp out all SLAPPs targeting public interest reporting.”
NUJ comments on clauses related to the exclusion of the public and restrictions on members of the press attending trials. We are concerned about the impact changes will have on journalists including court reporters facing considerable changes to their ability to report trials if proposals are enacted.
Union calls for journalists' protections on all SLAPP cases, and not those limited in scope to economic crime.
The Court of Appeal has instructed journalist Carole Cadwalladr to pay costs in excess of £1m to multimillionaire Arron Banks.
Government responds to wide-ranging recommendations and commits to call for evidence this year.
The NUJ has signed a letter to Dominic Raab calling for the adoption of an anti-SLAPP law.
A report by the cross-party Justice Committee has called on the court system to do more to support open justice in the digital age, including helping digital platforms cover court decisions.