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NUJ calls on members to respond to RIPA consultation - deadline Tuesday 20 January

15 January 2015

As part of the union's ongoing campaign to safeguard journalists and their sources, the union has contacted thousands of members today and asked them to write to the Home Office in response to the current consultation on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) code of practice.

The Home Office must record the number of responses it gets to the consultation and the union wants to make sure that they get the message loud and clear that there is widespread opposition to using RIPA to spy on journalists. The NUJ is urging individuals as well as media organisations to raise their concerns with the Home Office directly.

An NUJ template letter is available as a quick and easy option to add your name and contact details at the end then you can email it to the Home Office to register your views. Alternatively you can write your own response and detail your specific concerns. 

Please encourage your colleagues and employer to do the same – help us to tell the government that journalistic material and our sources need to be properly protected and that means changing the law.

The deadline for responses is Tuesday 20 January 2015.

You need to send your response via email to the Home Office: commsdata@homeoffice.x.gsi.gov.uk

Find out more about the union's campaign against RIPA.

Access the RIPA consultation documents issued by the Home Office.

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