NEC condemns journalists’ arrests

  • 14 Nov 2022

The union’s national executive council has passed a motion in support of members.  

The arrests and harassment of journalists at Just Stop Oil protests in November has been condemned by the union. The National Union of Journalists’ NEC discussed the issue at a meeting on 11 November, committing to provide ongoing support to members.  

Motion reads: 

This NEC condemns the behaviour of various police forces, particularly Hertfordshire in harassing journalists including arrests for simply doing their jobs, despite providing press cards.

NEC agrees to provide maximum support for members and to make our protests known to parliament and the police forces.  

The NUJ’s photographers’ council has also lent its support to members.  

Natasha Hirst, NUJ photographers’ council chair, said: 

“The arrests of journalists capturing material at last week’s protests is wholly unacceptable. The photographers’ council are shocked and appalled at the actions of Hertfordshire police officers and urge the constabulary to act swiftly, reminding every officer of their duty to respect the validity of press cards and ensure no journalist is harassed, arrested or detained for doing their job.

“These are also especially worrying developments in light of government's efforts to criminalise legitimate journalistic activities through the National Security Bill."

The NUJ has co-signed a letter to the Home Secretary following recent arrests. 

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