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Journalists must stay vigilant in Dover on Saturday

1 April 2016

Far right groups have organised a demonstration in Dover on Saturday.

In advance of the event, the union has been alerted to threats against journalists.

The threats follow on from a previous far right demonstration in Dover in January 2016 where journalists were threatened, chased, assaulted and one photographer was hospitalised. 

The London Photographers' Branch has put together safety tips which members might find helpful for preparing to cover the upcoming event in Dover:

  • Take protective gear, hard hat and take a small first aid kit.
  • Make sure you travel safely, consider if you want to avoid public transport.
  • Work alongside colleagues where possible and watch each other's backs.
  • Have the NUJ legal number handy.

The NUJ's and Thompson solicitors emergency phone numbers:

Thompsons operate a 24-hour EMERGENCY number for work-related criminal matters –
08005877530. If you are using a mobile then call: 8005877530

Here are some more tips and advice:

  • Always carry your press card in an accessible place and use it to identify yourself
  • Always carry a map so you can check alternative routes and exit points
  • Leave yourself time to drive the route to check for places for good pictures, trouble spots, level of policing, exit routes
  • If you are parking a car, think carefully where you leave it, as you might need to get out in a hurry
  • If you park too close to the unrest your car could get damaged or blocked if there is trouble
  • If you are a freelance on commission, are you insured by the media organisation?
  • Wear strong boots or shoes and strong, tight-fitting clothing which allows you to move about freely
  • Shin guards, kneepads, body armour, helmet - all or some may be worth thinking about
  • Always remember the weather and dress accordingly
  • Carry the minimum amount of equipment so you can move quickly if need be
  • Have enough film or electronic memory
  • Let someone know that you are covering the unrest and tell them what time you are leaving and at what time to expect you back
  • At all times you should be distinct from the protesters and the police
  • Always work in such a way that if something happens you can extract yourself
  • Keep an eye on fellow journalists in case they need help

London Photographers Branch tip sheets -

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