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Union warns the Home Office plans are a severe threat to journalism
The proposals on which the government is consulting create clear new detriments for journalists and journalism.
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.
The UK government is inviting journalists to give evidence to the National Committee for the Safety of Journalists so it can put in place measures to make sure they can operate free from threats and violence.
This is call for evidence from the National Committee for the Safety of Journalists for journalists to contribute evidence and complete a survey so the government can improve its understanding of the problem of threats and abuse towards them, and assess to the police and judicial response. The responses will enable the committee to take action to ensure that journalists operating within the UK can do so free from threats, violence and abuse.
The union said the National Committee for the Safety of Journalists’ plan was an important step towards ensuring journalists can carry out their work free from harassment and attack. It was launched with cross-party support.