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Combatting online harassment and abuse - a legal guide for journalists in England and Wales

Today the Media Lawyers Association has published a legal guide for journalists in England and Wales focused on combating online harassment and abuse.

Journalists asked to give evidence of threats to their safety 

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. 

02 Jun 2021
DCMS: Safety of Journalists Call for Evidence

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.

02 Jun 2021
NUJ calls for coordinated effort to tackle online violence against women journalists

In response to new research, carried out by the International Center for Journalists and commissioned by UNESCO, the NUJ has called for greater coordination in tackling and preventing systemic online violence against women journalists. The report echoes many of the union's safety survey findings and includes input from NUJ members.

Facebook must publish editorial guidelines which appear to allow users to call for the death of public figures 

The National Union of Journalists has called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to publish full details of editorial guidelines which the union says raise "fundamental questions about the standards set by Facebook in the treatment of a wide range of public figures and people who may find themselves in the public spotlight".

24 Mar 2021
NUJ welcomes the launch of a national action plan to protect journalists

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.

How gender-based violence is silencing women journalists

Natasha Hirst told the TUC Women’s Conference that female writers are self-censoring or withdrawing from online spaces as a result of the abuse they suffer.

04 Mar 2021