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Police harass journalists covering Climate Camp

8 August 2008

The NUJ has criticised the treatment of journalists by police at the Climate Camp in Kent.

The union called on officers policing the camp near Kingsnorth power station in Kent to stop harassing journalists who are going about their lawful work.

Police officers are understood to have searched journalists carrying press cards both going in and out of the Climate Camp.

NUJ members have reported pushing and shoving during the searches. Photojournalists have also complained they have been put under police surveillance while filing photos via wi-fi.

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The police must recognise that journalists have a job to do and allow them to go about their business.
"There are clear guidelines on how the police should deal with the media, and we expect them to be adhered to."

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