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Council allows media access to report on Dale Farm evictions

Media at protest against evictions

Media at protest against evictions  -  © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

1 September 2011

Essex County Council have now confirmed they will allow media access during the mass eviction of the Dale Farm traveller site in Basildon. The announcement follows NUJ calls to allow media access to the evictions due to  start on Friday 2 September.

In a statement, Essex County Council said:

"Journalists will not have restricted access to Dale Farm. Oak Road will be closed to the public for reasons of safety and to ensure a clear access for the emergency services, but we will be letting journalists down the road and have never said otherwise.
"There will be a designated site for media where not only will they have access to the site, but they will also have access to internet, toilets, parking etc."

All media relations during the operation will be handled by Basildon Borough Council.

Tags: , dale farm, press freedom, basildon, essex, media access