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Urgent notice for NUJ members covering EDL in Rochdale

9 June 2012

The NUJ has demanded that journalists be allowed to do their job without being harassed or threatened during the demonstration organised by the English Defence League on Saturday 9 June in Rochdale.

On its website, The Casuals United group said:

"Any media not accompanied by officials from EDL are to be treated as hostile. This is announced after consultation with various firms. Not invited by EDL leadership? We cannot guarantee your safety at this demo. Sorry for any inconvenience."

The group is also targeting named journalists on the site.

Journalists should be free to do their work without such intimidation. These threats from members of the far right are designed to silence the media and stop NUJ members showing the true nature of the protests and protestors.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said:

"The atmosphere of menace and violence during far-right events create a serious threat to working journalists seeking to report on their activities. Attempts to prevent journalists working constitute a serious attack on press freedom and individual liberty which must not be tolerated. The threats being made to journalists are not acceptable and show these people up as the thugs they are."

NUJ members in an emergency can contact the NUJ on 0800 587730. 

The NUJ has produced guidelines to help journalists who are covering civil unrest

Tags: , EDL, Casuals United, press freedom, safety, threats