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Reject £100 fee for covering the Notting Hill Carnival

18 August 2015

The NUJ is urging members to reject the unacceptable terms and conditions being imposed on accredited media workers covering this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

A fee of £100 must be paid before the official pass is issued. But the union’s concerns do not stop there. Applicants will be expected to submit either 10 of their best photographs or four video clips of five minutes duration each for entry into an awards competition.

Recipients of the official pass will also have to share “their blog, video, article, write-up, recap, review or coverage of the events attended within three weeks of the conclusion of the event”.

John Toner, NUJ freelance organiser, said:

“It is not acceptable that the media are expected to pay a fee to cover what is a genuine news event. It is equally unacceptable that the organisers expect pictures and video to be supplied free for their commercial purposes.”
“For an individual freelance, this could mean working at a loss. We see no reason why freelances should be expected to subsidise the Carnival.We would urge all members to reject these conditions, and to cover the event from public spaces.”

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