Million Mask marches

  • 04 Nov 2021

NUJ advice for those covering the protests on Friday 5 November

NUJ members covering the Million Mask marches need to plan accordingly and take appropriate health and safety precautions.

Always carry your UK National Press Card (UKPCA)/for Ireland NUJ Press Card in an accessible place and use it to identify yourself. Ensure you are protected by adequate insurance and conduct your own risk assessment before working. Make sure you have your NUJ membership number (not press card number) to hand if you need support from the union or Thompsons solicitors.

Thompsons operate a 24-hour number, if you are arrested or have an emergency legal problem.

England and Wales: 0800 587 7530.

Scotland: 07718 416 084.

  • Consider introducing yourself to police officers when the pressure is off, showing them  your UKPCA press card. Tensions often arise when the police do not recognise an individual as a member of the accredited press, and in the heat of a demo it can be hard to know who’s who. 
  • Make sure you are distinct from the protesters and the police. Make it clear that the only purpose of your presence at the event is to act as a bona-fide, professional, newsgatherer. Professional journalists on assignment as an observer should never take part in a protest.
  • Report any personal harassment or intimidation to police officers. 
  • Keep an eye on fellow journalists in case they need help

After the event, inform the NUJ of any incidents that happened on the day (even if you do not wish to make a formal complaint) by emailing the information to [email protected]

The advice issued to members covering the COP26 protests may be of use.

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