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Far-right threats & intimidatory tactics must stop, says NUJ

8 March 2019

National newspaper, freelance and broadcast journalists have all faced abhorrent threats from the far right in the past week. In response the NUJ has renewed its demands that the authorities take action against the perpetrators for inciting violence.

Individuals who seek to intimidate and silence the media by publishing photos, names or addresses of journalists and urge their supporters to target journalists should not be allowed to do so - it is unlawful harassment and intimidation.
In the past six months NUJ members have been physically assaulted, had their homes targeted and threats made at their workplace - simply for doing their job. Unless action is taken to stop such thuggery there is a danger of a chilling effect on covering vital issues of public interest.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Journalists have a duty to scrutinise the claims and activities of those who foment Islamophobia, racial tension and violence. They should not be facing threats or intimidatory tactics because they are doing their jobs."

Tags: , far right, journalist safety, journalists assaulted, journalists attacked, journalists intimidated