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The union is working with the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) to launch guidance and a campaign to increase understanding between journalists and private security officers.
As the second phase of the undercover policy public inquiry starts in London this week, the NUJ has called on the authorities to deliver meaningful transparency.
The union has expressed concern at the behaviour of some police officers towards the media covering recent protests in Bristol.
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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.
An arrested freelance photographer received a fine a week after his charges were dropped for covering a protest in Folkestone.
The NUJ is legally backing a photographer who was arrested, kept in a cell for seven hours and had journalistic materials confiscated after covering a protest at an asylum centre in Folkestone, Kent last week.
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"No journalist simply doing their job should be subjected to such harassment and hate-filled comments," said Michelle Stanistreet.
Union asks the inquiry to confirm or deny if undercover policing units and agents were put into media organisations and the NUJ.