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NUJ calls on members to report abuse

25 October 2012

The union has contacted all NUJ members via email to ask people to report abuse to the NUJ general secretary and be part of the union's campaign for safer working environments.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The NUJ is at the forefront of the fight against sexism and sexual harassment in the media industry. We have consistently asked people to come forward, on or off the record, to tell us about their experiences of sexism at work. We wrote to all our women members earlier this year and we have now contacted our members about the inquiries launched at the BBC.
"We will continue to challenge bullying, harassment and intimidation, we will keep campaigning for safer working environments for journalists. The union will be submitting evidence to the BBC in the same way as we did to Lord Justice Leveson and we want to ensure the voices and experiences of working journalists at the BBC are clearly expressed.
"Most people find it difficult to come forward and speak openly about bullying and harassment, particularly if they were not properly listened to at the time, or if they felt under pressure not to put on record their complaints.
"There is an additional barrier for freelances and casual staff in putting their head above the parapet as the understandable fear exists - without the security of a staff contract - that raising a complaint will damage their current and future employment prospects. I am asking people to come forward and report their experiences to me in confidence.
"The most important thing is that instances of abuse, whether it is bullying, sexism, harassment or assault, are tackled head on, and that changes are put in place to ensure that such behaviour is not allowed to happen in the future. Bullying, harassment and sexism has no place in our public service broadcaster or in any part of the media industry."

Please email Michelle in confidence: bbc@nuj.org.uk.

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