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Union warns the Home Office plans are a severe threat to journalism
The NUJ and IFJ condemn all attempts to secretly interfere with journalists' communications
The proposals on which the government is consulting create clear new detriments for journalists and journalism.
The union today has condemned the actions of Hong Kong’s national security police and offered full solidarity to journalists and media workers in Hong Kong following the newspaper raid and arrests at Apple Daily.
The NUJ believes the failure to enact Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry means that to date the relationship between the police, politicians and the media have never been examined or publicly scrutinised.
The union has urged media organisations and journalists to respond to the latest Home Office consultation setting out proposals to update the existing official secrets and espionage laws.
NUJ members must have the opportunity to input meaningfully on matters that are critical to their work as journalists and programme makers and to their professional reputations.
The general secretary responds to the report on the ethical failures which took place as part of Martin Bashir’s interview with Princess Diana for Panorama.
Whether it is the Cabinet Office FOI Clearing House, the land ownership registers or official secrets laws, journalists face a range of obstacles when reporting in the public interest in the UK.
The UK Press card is authorised by industry gatekeepers including the NUJ and issued through the UK Press Card Authority.