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NUJ film shows police surveillance and obstruction of journalists

9 September 2008

The NUJ has released a short film highlighting some of the problems faced by journalists covering public demonstrations.

The film follows TUC condemnation of the erosion of civil liberties and media freedoms in Britain. TUC unions unanimously backed a motion, proposed by the NUJ, which called for a rethink of government policies that put journalists at risk of imprisonment for doing their job.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Journalism is facing grave threats in an age of intolerance. While on the streets dissent is being criminalized, independent journalism is being increasingly caught in the civil liberties clampdown."

The nine-minute video, called Press Freedom: Collateral Damage, includes examples of the police obstructing journalists in their work.

Tags: photographers, , press freedom, police, demonstration, video