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NUJ alarm at latest Garda demand for media images

Eamonn Farrell receives the warrant  -  © rollingnews

17 March 2016

The National Union of Journalists has expressed concern at the latest incident in which An Garda Siochana has secured images from a Dublin-based photograph agency.

NUJ member Eamonn Farrell of rollingnews.ie has confirmed that he has felt compelled to hand over images of a public order incident following a Garda warrant. He said:

 “I find it strange there was such professional, intellectual and institutional outrage both nationally and internationally regarding the killing of the Charlie Hebdo journalists in France by terrorist’s, and the death threats against two journalists in Independent News and Media by a criminal gang, yet you continue to pursue a course of action which is putting our journalists safety and lives at risk.”

Seamus Dooley, NUJ  Irish Secretary, said it was the latest in a series of incidents in which journalists have been faced with demands to hand over images taken at public events.

“There is a strong constitutional and legal basis for the protection of confidential sources of information. Journalists should not be compelled to act as agents of the state and that applies to the supply of photographic images of public events.  Last week the NUJ made a detailed submission to the Murray review into the law in respect of access to the communications data of journalists and the principles outlined in that submission are directly relevant in this case.”

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